Coverage of the crucial Wisconsin Republican and and Democratic primary will stream live Tuesday, with the futures of the Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz campaigns riding on the results. The campaign of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump also has plenty to lose in Wisconsin, where Trump trails Cruz by five percentage points in the latest poll, released Monday by Emerson College — and by four points in an average of all major polls by FiveThirtyEight.com.
UPDATE 9:30 p.m. Eastern, April 5: Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders have been projected to win the Republican and Democratic primaries respectively by NBC. To see constantly updated live results, go to Decision Desk HQ at this link.
If Trump loses, even by a narrow margin, he will suffer a setback in his delegate count, which — while it will not cut into his total delegate lead over Cruz by much — will throw up a major obstacle for Trump as he struggles to reach the 1,237 delegate total required to win the Republican nomination.
Without that 1,237 total, Trump would not win the nomination on the first ballot at the Republican National Convention, and that means that delegates would be freed to switch their votes on subsequent ballots, throwing the convention into chaos and potentially awarding the nomination to Cruz, or anyone else.
Cruz, however, must score a sizable win, grabbing 33 of the state’s 42 Republican delegates to stay on track to catch Donald Trump.
On the Democratic side, Wisconsin is shaping up to be both a victory and a defeat for underdog candidate Bernie Sanders, the 74-year-old “Democratic Socialist” senator from Vermont, as he continues to dog frontrunner Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State, New York senator and First Lady of the United States.
Sanders trails Clinton in the delegate race by 228 pledged delegates, and he needs to collect another 988 to hit the total required for the nomination. That’s about 57 percent of all delegates remaining.
According to FiveThirtyEight calculations, Sanders must win Wisconsin by about 16 points over Clinton to secure enough delegates to stay on track for that 988 goal. If he fails to win by that landslide margin, he will need to win the upcoming New York primary by a much larger margin that the four points he now needs, according to FiveThirtyEight math.
But Sanders now trails Clinton in the polls leading up to the April 19 primary by double digits in every poll so far.
Polls close in Wisconsin at 8 p.m. Central Daylight Time — 9 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. Pacific — on Tuesday, April 5. Results should come in shortly after that time. To watch a livestream of the absolute latest Wisconsin primary coverage and results, here are several options.
ABC News Go provides a live stream in the following video.
The conservative news channel Newsmax offers a right-leaning slant in the Wisconsin primary results in the video below.
And following is an option for coverage via UStream.
Lastly, try this video for Wisconsin coverage throughout the day.
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To get live, constantly updated raw results from the 2016 Wisconsin Republican and Democratic primaries — without commentary or video — go to the Washington Post at this link, or Politico at this link.
Live streaming feeds with commentary and immediate results from the three major cable news networks are also available online, although they mostly require cable or satellite provider online login credentials. Find the CNN feed at this link, MSNBC here at this link, and Fox News by clicking here. Or try this alternative link to get live Wisconsin primary coverage and results. For those who prefer their live stream coverage without the network TV bells and whistles — or commercials — go to C-SPAN Online, whose coverage begins at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, 6 p.m. Pacific at this link.
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