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Sanders, Cruz Score Big in the Badger State

(CN) - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won decisive victories Tuesday night in the battleground state of Wisconsin.

With 99 percent of the vote counted Wednesday morning, Sanders had garnered 57 percent of the vote compared to his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's 43 percent.

In the Republican contest, Sen. Ted Cruz crushed Donald Trump, taking 48 percent of the vote compared to 35 percent for the current frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich came in a distant third, garnering just 14 percent of the GOP vote.

The question for the political pundits is will be whether Sanders and Cruz have won by enough to put a crimp in the momentum of the current frontrunners for their respective party's nomination.

Cruz's win is sure to fuel speculation that the bloom is off the rose of the Trump phenomina; as for Sanders, who faces a tough uphill fight against Clinton in New York, the speculation will be whether victory in the Midwest proves a game changer in The Empire State, where his opponent was a popular senator.

In the meantime, the other thing being watch in the impact Wisconsin's new voter photo ID law has had at the polls.

It has been projected that Wisconsin will have its highest turnout in a presidential primary since 1980. So far, officially, that hasn't translated to problems at the polls

According to a spokesman for the state's Government Accountability Board, which runs Wisconsin's elections, clerks around the state have reported long, but "manageable" lines throughout the day.

In Milwaukee, the state's largest city, wait times at the polls have reportedly been no longer than 30 minutes.

However, Ari Berman, a writer for The Nation and author of "Give Us the Ballot; The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America," reported on his Twitter feed that students complained of two-hour lines at a polling location in Marquette, Wis. - Developing story.

Photo caption:

Abi Nesbitt, a UW-Eau Claire freshman from Mosinee, Wis., votes in her first primary election at UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center on Tuesday morning, April 5, 2016. (Dan Reiland/The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram via AP)

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