Trump ready to visit Wisconsin, but Cruz has head-start

Ted Cruz, Donald Trump
FILE - This two picture combo of file photos shows Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, and Donald Trump. Trump and Cruz are planning to appear together at an upcoming Capitol Hill rally against the proposed nuclear deal with Iran. Trump announced the event during an appearance Thursday in South Carolina, saying it would be "in the next few weeks." (AP Photo/File)

OSHKOSH, Wisconsin (AP) – Donald Trump is planning to make his first campaign visit to Wisconsin on Tuesday, where the upcoming Republican presidential primary could mark a turning point in the unpredictable GOP race.

But rival Ted Cruz has gotten a jumpstart on the contest. He’s racking up influential endorsements, campaigning in key regions and supported by bullish advertising campaign.

A solid Cruz win in Wisconsin would narrow Trump’s path to the nomination and heap pressure on the billionaire to sweep the remaining winner-take-all primaries this spring. It also would increase the chances of a contested party convention in July.

Cruz tells The Associated Press “the results in Wisconsin will impact significantly the primaries to come.” He’s positioning himself to win the first primary since he began collecting the backing of establishment Republicans.

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