The first electoral contest in the US presidential campaign has produced a night of upsets and cliffhangers. While Republican Ted Cruz beat favorite Donald Trump, Democratic contenders Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are locked in a virtual tie.
Donald Trump's election win a year ago was a watershed moment. It showed an utterly incompetent politician can become president by appealing to voters' base instincts. But he could be just a harbinger of things to come.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Texas Senator Ted Cruz have won their parties' respective primaries in the US state of Wisconsin. The victories deal a blow to current frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Many Americans find the major presidential candidates unappealing and are looking for alternatives. Whichever candidate is more successful at wooing disaffected voters could have a major advantage at the polls.
The liberal senator has said he is "prepared to work" with Trump but will "vigorously oppose him" if he pursues racist and sexist policies. Other US progressives like Elizabeth Warren have echoed Sanders' sentiments.
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