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OFF TO THE RACES: A turning point?
Ted Cruz called his win in Wisconsin a "turning point" as he narrowed Trump's path to the nomination, writes Benjy Sarlin.
And Bernie Sanders gained momentum from his win over Clinton, although his overall delegate math has changed only marginally, notes Alex Seitz-Wald.
NBC's Katy Tur writes of the internal discord within the Trump campaign as the team labors to clinch the GOP nod. "The dissent comes at a pivotal moment for a campaign team coming off a significant loss in Wisconsin. It has maintained a slender footprint even as Trump has soared in the polls and outpaced his Republican competitors in primary races."
Exit polls in Wisconsin showed that one in three GOP voters would jump ship in a general election if Cruz or Trump was the nominee.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: "The front-runners on both sides fell hard in Wisconsin's presidential primary Tuesday, injecting new intrigue, chaos and drama into an epic campaign."
From the New York Times: "Mr. Trump’s loss was his most significant setback since Mr. Cruz narrowly defeated him in Iowa, the campaign’s first nominating contest. And after largely dominating the Republican field from the moment he announced his candidacy last June, Mr. Trump now faces a fresh challenge: bouncing back in the face of searing attack ads by Republicans bent on stopping him, questions about his demeanor and campaign organization, and a single ascendant challenger in Mr. Cruz."
From the Washington Post: "As recently as three weeks ago, it was looking as though none of the laws of political physics applied to the phenomenon that is Donald Trump. But the days since his strong showing in the March 15 round of primaries have seen the GOP front-runner make a series of stumbles over his own feet. No longer does he appear to be invulnerable to gaffes and mistakes that would have destroyed a more conventional candidate before the Iowa caucuses."
From the AP: "Both parties are turning their sights toward New York, which offers a massive delegate prize in its April 19 contests. It marks a homecoming of sorts for several candidates, with Trump, Clinton and Sanders all touting roots in the state."
And from the Wall Street Journal: "Normally friendly Wisconsin was unfriendly to front-runners Tuesday, which means the leader in each party’s presidential race now must move into more treacherous territory lying just ahead. Their situations are hardly identical, of course, and the dangers are greater for Republican Donald Trump than they are for Democrat Hillary Clinton. Yet they have this in common: Each of them had a chance to effectively put away the competition with a win in Wisconsin, and each failed to do so."
CLINTON: Here's what she told POLITICO about Bernie Sanders: "There is a persistent, organized effort to misrepresent my record, and I don’t appreciate that, and I feel sorry for a lot of the young people who are fed this list of misrepresentations... I know that Senator Sanders spends a lot of time attacking my husband, attacking President Obama. I rarely hear him say anything negative about George W. Bush, who I think wrecked our economy.”
And she called Sanders "a relatively new Democrat" and said "I'm not even sure he is one."
CRUZ: He's cozying up to the D.C. establishment, trying to mend fences with lawmakers who dislike him.
SANDERS: Tough headline from the Daily News on Sanders and Sandy Hook: "Bernie's Sandy Hook shame: Callously defends gunmakers against Newtown in lawsuit."
After that shaky interview with the NYDN, he's clarifying his stance on how to break up the big banks.
TRUMP: In the New York Times: "Donald Trump Settled a Real Estate Lawsuit, and a Criminal Case Was Closed"
The Washington Post reported yesterday that Trump plans a series of policy speeches on issues like education and the military.