MILWAUKEE -- Republican presidential candidate John Kasich wasn't in Wisconsin on Election Day Tuesday, April 5th, and Donald Trump was only here in the Badger State briefly -- making a stop Tuesday morning at a George Webb restaurant in Wauwatosa, as the polls opened, and a stop in Waukesha.
The latest Marquette University Law School poll, released on March 30th, found Ted Cruz leading in Wisconsin -- supported by 40 percent of likely voters to 30 percent for Donald Trump and 21 percent for John Kasich, while 8 percent didn't know who they would support.
Leading up to the April 5th presidential primary in Wisconsin, Trump said he hoped for and expected a win in the Badger State. He said with a win in Wisconsin, he would be well on his way to 1,237 -- the number of delegates needed to win the nomination.
Shortly before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Fox News called the race for Ted Cruz.
Trump's campaign then issued the following statement on Twitter:
Donald J. Trump withstood the onslaught of the establishment yet again. Lyin' Ted Cruz had the Governor of Wisconsin, many conservative talk radio show hosts, and the entire party apparatus behind him. Not only was he propelled by the anti-Trump Super PAC's spending countless millions of dollars on false advertising against Mr. Trump, but he was coordinating with his own Super PAC's, which is illegal, who totally controlled him. Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet -- he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump. We have total confidence that Mr. Trump will go on to win in New York, where he holds a substantial lead in all the polls, and beyond. Mr. Trump is the only candidate who can secure the delegates needed to win the Republican nomination and ultimately defeat Hillary Clinton or whomever is the Democratic nominee in order to Make America Great Again.
It was a rough week or so leading up tot he election for Trump as he campaigned in Wisconsin. His campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski was charged with battery, accused of grabbing and bruising the arm of Michelle Fields, a former reporter at Breitbart, during a campaign event on March 8th, according to the police report.
The investigating officer described the investigation of the incident:
“On March 12, 2016, I obtained video footage from Trump Security at Trump National in Jupiter. I specifically obtained vide from the ballroom the night and time in question. The video parallels what Fields told me, in that Trump was walking towards the exit of the ballroom, taking questions, and signing autographs. Fields is seen on video, holding her phone up to Trump, appearing to ask him a question. Trump had looked in her direction, and then Lewandowski extended his left arm out, stepping between Trump and another male subject believed to be U.S. Secret Service. After extending his arm out, Lewandowski appeared to reach for Field’s left arm with his left hand, allowing him to get closer to Fields.
Lewandowski then grabbed Fields left arm with his right hand, causing her arm to turn and step back. This motion cleared a path for Lewandowski to walk past Fields, allowing him to “catch up” and get closer to Trump, who was walking during this entire incident.
Based on the above-described investigation, probably cause exists to charge Corey Lewandowski, DOB 9/18/1973, with (1) count of Simple Battery… in that he did intentionally touch Michelle Fields, DOB 01/10/1988, against the will of Michelle Fields.”
Donald Trump and his campaign issued a statement on Tuesday:
“Mr. Lewandowski is absolutely innocent of this charge. He will enter a plea of not guilty and looks forward to his day in court. He is completely confident that he will be exonerated.”
During an MSNBC town hall event that aired on March 30th, filmed in Green Bay, Trump said there should be "some form of punishment" for women who get abortions if the procedure was outlawed. His campaign scrambled to clean up the statement later in the day, saying that women who obtain abortions are victims and that doctors who perform the service are the ones who should be punished -- and other GOP presidential candidates reacted to Trump's comments.
There were also some arrests during Trump's campaign events in Wisconsin.
Janesville police said there is no video evidence to support sexual assault charges against a 59-year-old man for an incident that happened outside the Trump rally on March 29th at the Janesville Conference Center.
The incident involved the 59-year-old man and a 15-year-old girl.
Early information from the 15-year-old girl indicated she was intentionally touched on the breast by the 59-year-old man. This, after a verbal altercation. She punched the man before someone else sprayed her in the face with pepper spray.
Janesville police said the 15-year-old girl would be referred to juvenile authorities on a disorderly conduct charge.
Police were looking for the man who sprayed the pepper spray.
Prior to the event in Janesville, on March 28th, six protesters were arrested after hosting a "sit-in" at the Janesville Conference Center.
The Janesville Gazette reported about 60 protesters occupied the lobby of the Holiday Inn Express in Janesville on Monday night and about 20 more stood outside.
The protest began around 6:00 p.m. Most participants left by 7:15 p.m. but six stayed in the lobby and were using PVC pipe to link their arms. Authorities had to separate them.
One person was arrested Sunday, April 3rd during a protest on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus ahead of a Trump event there. That person was arrested for disorderly conduct and ticketed. The arrest happened when the individual tried to go through police into the security area, according to a UWM spokesman.
One person was arrested on Monday, April 4th, the eve of the election in Wisconsin -- a 16-year-old boy, who was cited for disorderly conduct, accused of throwing an egg during a Trump rally at the Milwaukee Theatre.
On Election Day, Trump said despite the fact that Cruz was leading in Wisconsin, according to the latest MU Law School poll, he was feeling good.
"The polls are busy. We could have a big surprise folks, big surprise. Feels like South Carolina. Feels like New Hampshire. I think a big, big turnout. You're going to have a big surprise," Trump said.
Trump on Tuesday made headlines in announcing he would use a federal anti-terrorism surveillance law as a tool to force Mexico to pay for the border wall he has pledged to build on the U.S.'s southern border.
Trump outlined the steps his administration would undertake to compel Mexico to pay the U.S. "$5-10 billion" to fund a border wall in a memo his campaign released Tuesday morning -- a plan that relies largely on threatening to bar undocumented Mexican immigrants in the United States from wiring money to relatives in Mexico.
Using a broad interpretation of the post-9/11 USA Patriot Act, Trump writes in the memo that he would threaten to issue new regulations that would compel money transfer companies like Western Union to verify a client's identity and legal status before authorizing a wire transfer.
It was announced Tuesday Trump will depart from his unscripted speaking style and deliver a series of policy speeches in the coming weeks after Wisconsin's primary.
Trump, who has been vague about the details of most of his bold policy proposals, will outline specific plans on topics like education reform, the U.S. military and the types of justices he would nominate to the Supreme Court, Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski confirmed.
The speeches were first reported by The Washington Post.
Trump typically speaks with few notes, and while he has shared details of his positions in policy memos over the past year, questions still surround many of his landmark proposals. Trump did deliver a prepared speech at a major pro-Israel summit last month, which was well-received and assuaged many conservatives nervous about his positions on Israel.
Ohio Governor John Kasich was in New York on April 5th. The election there is on April 19th.
Trump, in the days leading up to the election in Wisconsin, called for Kasich to drop out -- something Kasich has refused to do.
Even if Kasich were to win Wisconsin on April 5th and every state that remains, he would not have enough delegates to clinch a nomination.
Kasich's game plan is to stop Trump from getting to 1,237 delegates. There would then be a contested Republican Party convention in Cleveland.
Kasich did have a shot at taking some delegates Tuesday in Wisconsin, and he said if he was able to do so, that would be a success.
"Nobody's going to have enough votes and then they're going to look at who can beat Hillary and who could actually be president. That's why people are pressuring me from the other camps to get out, because they know I can win. So to those wonder, don't lose heart, and don't lose faith," Kasich said.
Both the Trump and Cruz campaigns have their eye on a small group of delegates at the convention known as the Rules Committee. Usually a footnote in any party convention, this group of just over 100 delegates will have an outsized influence if the race continues to move toward a contested convention.
That's because the 112 individuals representing all states and territories will be the ones to decide the rules for the entire convention -- including what bar to set for candidates to be eligible to be voted on.
There is a rule on the books as of now, referred to as Rule 40, that requires any candidate to get a majority of delegates in at least eight states to appear on the nominating ballot at the convention. Kasich has only won one state: his home state of Ohio.
That rule can easily be changed by the Rules Committee at this year's convention -- but both Trump and Cruz have spoken in favor of the rule, and Trump adviser Barry Bennett expects the two men to largely control the Rules Committee.
"We're going to have a majority on that, and if (Cruz) doesn't want Rule 40 be changed, then it's not going to be changed," Bennett told CNN. "So there's no way for John Kasich or Mitt Romney or whoever it is to even get nominated, it's going to be Donald Trump or Ted Cruz."
Cruz has clearly spoken in favor of preserving the rule.
"There is a real possibility that nobody gets to 1,237," Cruz told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt last week, referring to the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination outright.
"If that's the case, we should operate under the rules that existed when this whole process started. And those rules say that in order to be on the ballot, you have to have won eight states. Only two of us will meet that threshold -- me and Donald Trump. Those will be the two names on the ballot," Cruz said.
On Monday, he added that he expects his supporters and Trump's supporters to preserve it.
"If there's a contested convention, 80% of the delegates are gonna be Cruz delegates or Trump delegates," Cruz told reporters in Wisconsin. "Both Donald and I have been very clear, we shouldn't be changing the rules because Washington is unhappy with how the people are voting."
And Trump has echoed it as well, saying Kasich shouldn't be able to continue siphoning off votes from the front-runner.
"Kasich shouldn't be allowed to run. Honestly, Kasich should not be allowed to run," Trump told reporters Sunday while visiting a diner in Milwaukee. "Kasich shouldn't be allowed to continue, and the RNC (Republican National Committee) shouldn't allow him to continue."
Kasich responded on Monday.
"Donald Trump said that I need to get out of the race because I'm getting his voters," Kasich said at a New York town hall. "I got news for him, I'm gonna get a heck of a lot of his voters ... because I understand exactly what his voters are worried about."
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