Wisconsin Democrats joined the pack of states backing Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
The state’s 86 delegates will be awarded proportionally and its 10 super delegates are free to chose which candidate they will support.
The win comes just days after a number of both strategic and symbolic victories for the Sanders campaign:
- Sanders gained momentum after his three-state sweep (Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii) late last month;
- Sanders’s campaign announced a new fundraising high of $44 million in March;
- A tussle between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a Greenpeace activist suggests the Democratic rival is increasingly frustrated she still has to campaign against Sanders.
Sanders was favored to win Wisconsin and he had campaigned aggressively in the state in the days before the primary. But the Senator from Vermont was once a huge underdog, according to the polling averages by FiveThirtyEight.
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At a campaign stop in Sheboygan, WI, on Friday, the insurgent candidate explicitly contrasted himself with Clinton:
“As many of you may know, Secretary Clinton has given speeches on Wall Street for $225,000 per speech. You know what I think? If you’re going to give a speech for $225,000, it must be a really fantastic speech, don’t you think?
“Why else would you get $225,000? It must be written in Shakespearean prose. It must be a speech that solves most, if not all, the problems facing humanity.”
His call for Clinton to share the speech transcripts was only one of the points of disagreement he mentioned, touching on fracking, Clinton’s support from individuals who work for fossil fuel companies, and Clinton’s super-PAC.
For her part, Clinton split her time last week between Wisconsin and New York state, which has its primary on April 19th. In the days before Wisconsin’s primary, former president Bill Clinton campaigned on his wife’s behalf while she held rallies with Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York.
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With less than 24 hours until the polls opened, Bill stumped for Hillary in Milwaukee:
“She’d be the best president. She`s always been a change-maker and she’s always been a leader.”
Sanders, meanwhile, brought out actor Tim Robbins on a Monday afternoon rally and encouraged Democrats who “feel Bernie in their hearts but are supporting Hillary with their pragmatic brains,” to not compromise their ideals:
“We’ve all been fed a steady stream of simplistic propaganda that furthers the establishment’s narrative that Hillary’s the presumptive nominee. And if we were sheep, if we had gotten in line, there’d be no problem now. … Times have changed.”
Clinton does indeed have an advantage in the overall Democratic delegate count.
Before Wisconsin, Clinton has 1,243 pledged delegates to Sanders’s 980. When superdelegates are thrown in, her lead grows: 1,712 to 1,011. A total of 2,383 delegates are needed to clinch the Democratic nomination.
Though Sanders in recent weeks has suggested superdelegates should “rethink their position with Hillary Clinton” once voters have their say, it isn’t clear that has been happening.
The two candidates next face off in Wyoming, which has 18 delegates at stake, on April 9th. But the real prize is New York’s 247 delegates up for grabs just 10 days later.
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