berniesandersAhead of the crucial New York primary, Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Ted Cruz
notched up major victories, trouncing frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the race to the White House.

While Sanders continued his winning streak against Clinton in Wyoming, Cruz swept all delegates in Colorado against Trump.

The latest victory of both Sanders and Cruz is seen as a big morale booster just days before the all-important New York primary on April 19.

The 74-year-old Vermont senator registered his stunning eighth win out of the last nine contests – including one that counted the votes of Democrats living abroad, but his latest
victory did nothing in the delegate chase.

“All right. News bulletin. We just won Wyoming,” Sanders said in New York as a raucous cheer went up when he got word of his Wyoming win from his wife, Jane, midway through a rally in Queens.

He finished 12 points ahead of Clinton with 56-44 per cent of the vote in Wyoming, the smallest state in the Democratic nomination race. The state, which is overwhelmingly Republican, only awards 14 delegates, meaning Sanders barely puts a dent in Clinton’s more than 200-delegate lead.

Today’s primary, that gives each candidate seven delegates, helps Clinton maintain her lead over Sanders.

The former secretary of state has 1,287 delegates based on primaries and caucuses to Sanders’ 1,037. When including superdelegates, or party officials who can back any candidate, Clinton has 1,756, or 74 per cent of the number needed to clinch the nomination. Sanders has 1,068.

Speaking later, Sanders – who locked horns with Clinton over trade and the so-called Panama Papers scandal this week – said: “I think that it is very fair to say that we were way, way behind during the first half of this contest, but we are having – to say the least – a very strong second half, and we are closing very fast.”

Sanders has been consistently trying to chip away at Clinton’s big lead in the number of delegates needed to secure the party’s nomination.

The eventual margin of victory was slimmer than what some experts had anticipated but represented a convincing victory for the democratic socialist in one of the most conservative
states in the country.

Meanwhile in the Republican camp, Cruz, the 45-year-old senator from Texas, finished Colorado’s delegate fight against Trump with overwhelming victory, picking all 13 of the final
delegates up for grabs to complete a clean sweep of the state as reward for a carefully organised campaign.

“Thank you Colorado for another resounding victory!” Cruz tweeted.

Cruz has now won all 34 delegates up for grabs in the state and is now fewer than 200 delegates behind Trump in the race to the 1,237 needed to clinch the Republican nomination.

“Today was another resounding victory for conservatives,Republicans, and Americans who care about the future of our country,” the Cruz campaign said in a statement.

Cruz has now won all 34 delegates up for grabs in the state and is now fewer than 200 delegates behind Trump in the race to the 1,237 needed to clinch the Republican nomination.

It was clear in both the camps that the hopefuls have set eyes on big trove of delegates in New York, America’s largest city and one of its most diverse. There are 95 delegates up
for grabs for Republicans and 291 for Democrats.

Following the Colorado results, the CBS News delegate scoreboard stands at Trump 743, Cruz 540, and John Kasich 143.

Marco Rubio, who suspended his campaign, has 167 delegates.

Cruz told his supporters in Colorado that it is easy to talk about making America great again – “you can even print that on a baseball cap”, in a jibe at Trump.

But that the more important question is, he said, which candidate understands “the principles and values that made America great in the first place”.

In a report, CNBC called Trump’s campaign as “disorganised and frustrated”.

“Ted Cruz finished Colorado’s delegate fight the way he started it: With overwhelming victory. Donald Trump finished it the way he started as well: With a disorganised and
frustrated campaign plagued by mistakes,” it said.

The report added that Trump’s aides set expectations at rock bottom heading into the contest, citing the state’s unfavourable demographics and a complicated process that
empowers local party activists to vote on delegates.

Calling Wyoming “a beautiful, beautiful state”, Sanders said: “Now that we are in the second half of this campaign, we are going to state after state which I think have a more progressive outlook.

“We are in this race to win.”

In Brooklyn, Clinton said she needs to “win big” in New York’s primary to become the Democratic presidential nominee and “go after Republicans full-time.”

Speaking in the loft space in a heavily Hispanic neighbourhood just hours after losing to Sanders in the Wyoming presidential caucus, she said that she wants to “send a strong message” in the New York primary and start unifying the Democratic Party.

Clinton also found a rare point of agreement with Trump on the matter of New York values but criticised Republicans for making anti-immigration statements a “core of their campaign”.

Election of Democrats will protect the US economy, she said. “It’s a fact that our economy does better when we have a Democrat in the White House.”

Meanwhile, Cruz warned Jewish donors that Trump could trigger a general election “bloodbath” for the Republican Party.

“If Donald Trump is the nominee, it is an absolute disaster for Republicans, for conservatives and for the country,” he said, adding that Trump would jeopardise control of the House and the Senate and tilt the balance of power at the Supreme Court away from conservatives.