Republican Ted Cruz wins the Wisconsin primary, dealing a blow to Donald Trump's hopes of amassing the delegates needed for his party's nomination ahead of the July convention. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Republican Ted Cruz won the Wisconsin presidential primary on Tuesday, dealing a blow to front-runner Donald Trump's hopes of amassing the delegates needed for the party's nomination ahead of the July convention and boosting the chances of a rare contested convention. "Tonight is a turning point," Cruz told supporters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Cruz's win was a breakthrough for Republican Party forces battling to block the controversial New York billionaire, and it raised the prospect of a prolonged nominating fight that could last to the July convention. Turning his sights to the general election he said, "Tonight was a bad night for Hillary Clinton." The Wisconsin results come in as Cruz has pulled into a statistical dead heat with front-runner Donald Trump according to a new Reuters/Ipsos national poll showed on Tuesday. Cruz's recent gains mark the first time since November that one of Trump's rivals has threatened his lead in support among Republicans, coinciding with missteps by the New York real estate mogul that include a gaffe about abortion and the arrest of his campaign manager on battery charges. Cruz hopes a Wisconsin victory will deliver a powerful message that he can unite disparate factions of the party and break Trump's momentum. The role of unifier is an unlikely one for Cruz, who has had a stormy relationship with party leaders since he forced the U.S. government to shut down for six days in 2013 in a budget fight with Obama. But enmity toward Trump among many in the party establishment was enough for five former Republican White House rivals to back Cruz.