Wisconsin Primaries Change Nothing

| by Nik Bonopartis
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Wisconsin is in the rearview mirror. The five remaining major party presidential candidates will never set foot in the state again during this primary cycle. In a day or two, after the pundits are done talking about Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont winning the state's modest delegate pool, no one will be thinking about the nondescript Midwestern state.

Put on the Sinatra, get some tickets to a Yankee game or a Broadway play, and grab a slice of pizza in the only city that makes it the right way. We're heading to New York, baby.

New York is home turf for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump and his Democratic counterpart, Hillary Clinton. The west side is lined with buildings bearing the real estate mogul's name, and Clinton not only enjoys the support of New York liberals but has also earned plenty of goodwill from her time representing the state as a U.S. senator.

In other words, any candidates not named Trump or Clinton will almost certainly be shellacked when New Yorkers hold their primary on April 19.

Cruz, looking to build momentum from his victory in Wisconsin on April 5, headed to the Bronx, New York, on April 6 to shake hands, raise money and convince voters in the borough that he's their man. The Texas senator was all smiles, hoping Bronx voters would forget how he derisively described Trump's "New York values" and the time he made an awkward joke about Manhattan trying to keep people from the Bronx out of midtown, The Observer notes.

Insulting people isn't a great way to earn their support, and Cruz learned that the hard way when he touched down in New York. Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx borough president, welcomed the Texas senator by flatly declaring him "a hypocrite." Cruz's campaign then had to cancel a stop at the Bronx Lighthouse College Preparatory because students threatened a walkout, according to the New York Daily News.

At a campaign stop in a Bronx restaurant, more people came out to protest Cruz than support him.

"Just because he has a Hispanic last name does not mean he’s Hispanic," local resident Edna Ferrer, 57, told the Daily News. "His mind is white."

If Cruz really convinced himself that he'd saunter into New York with the wind of Wisconsin at his back, the reception he received in New York surely deflated any hope for ongoing momentum.

For Sanders, New York is arguably even more hostile territory. The Empire State is not the white-bread Midwest, nor is it the Pacific northwest, where the most powerful blocs consist of latte-sipping, Volvo-driving white voters.

New York is as multicultural as it comes, and winning here requires widespread appeal among minority voters, the kind of coalitions Clinton excels at building. While anti-Wall Street sentiment might play well in the rest of the country, it's probably not going to gain Sanders much traction in the financial capital of the world. Sanders isn't helped by his stance on Israel, which New York's sizable Jewish voting bloc won't forget, Breitbar notes.

Whereas Cruz hoped to build momentum on a single win, Sanders is riding high on victories in eight of the last nine states.

For both candidates, the road ahead doesn't look so promising, as it takes them from New York to Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania, with delegate-rich California and New Jersey on the horizon.

And while both Sanders and Cruz enjoyed a small boost from decisive victories in Wisconsin, they're both trailing by more than 200 delegates in the quest for their respective party nominations.

Wisconsin was a notch on the belt for both men, but it changes nothing in the long run.

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Sources: The New York Times, The ObserverNew York Daily News, BreitbartReal Clear Politics (2) (3) / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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