Cruz Leads Trump in Crucial Primary Election in Wisconsin Next Week

© AP Photo / Paul SancyaRepublican presidential candidates, businessman Donald Trump and Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, argue a point during a Republican presidential primary debate at Fox Theatre, Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Detroit
Republican presidential candidates, businessman Donald Trump and Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, argue a point during a Republican presidential primary debate at Fox Theatre, Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Detroit - Sputnik International
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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz holds a modest 4.8 percentage point lead over frontrunner Donald Trump ahead of Tuesday’s primary election in the US state of Wisconsin, according to a poll commissioned by the Washington Free Beacon and released on Friday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The survey conducted by Basswood Research of 500 likely Republican primary voters showed Cruz besting Trump by a 36.2 percent to 31.4 percent tally.

"Wisconsin is expected to be a crucial contest in the race for the Republican nomination, as Trump looks to expand his lead, Cruz clings to diminishing prospects to unseat him as the frontrunner, and [Ohio Governor John] Kasich seeks to consolidate enough support to keep his bid relevant," the Free Beacon said on its website.

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Wisconsin will send 42 delegates to the convention, all of whom will go to the top vote getter in the state’s winner-take-all delegates primary.

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