2016 RACE ROUNDUP: Are Trump’s Controversial Abortion Remarks A Turning Point?

Posted: Mar 31, 2016 2:50 PM
2016 RACE ROUNDUP: Are Trump’s Controversial Abortion Remarks A Turning Point?

Not shocking: Donald Trump made a controversial remark. Somewhat shocking: The vast amount of blowback from both liberals and conservatives. The Republican frontrunner’s suggestion that women should be punished for having abortions disturbed both the right and the left on Wednesday. His campaign did some damage control, but those comments might just widen that hole he’s in in Wisconsin, trailing Ted Cruz by double digits. In the Democratic race, Bernie Sanders is the reason Hillary Clinton wants to get the Wisconsin primary over with as soon as possible.

Republican Primary

Donald Trump: Cruz was one of the conservative voices crying foul over Trump's abortion comments, stating that Trump is just saying anything to get attention. Trump's spokeswoman Katrina Pierson admitted it was a “misspeak” after his campaign released a statement walking back the comments. As mentioned, he is trailing Cruz in Wisconsin, but Trump does have good news when he looks past Tuesday - polls show him with a comfortable lead in New York.

Meanwhile, Trump has asked Reps. Chris Collins and Duncan Hunter to lead his effort to reach out to members of Congress. One unfortunate news item that Trump has not been able to escape is that whole incident with his campaign manager. A group of conservative female pundits, including Townhall’s own Katie Pavlich and former Hot Air editor Mary Katharine Ham, have signed a document demanding Trump fire his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski after he was charged with misdemeanor battery for grabbing the arm of former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields.

Ted Cruz: Cruz announced the start of a women’s coalition on Wednesday, led by his wife and former presidential rival Carly Fiorina. His campaign launched a 60-second ad called “Opportunity” in Wisconsin to promote his jobs plan. The Club for Growth PAC, which has endorsed Cruz, released its own ad in Wisconsin, spending $1 million on an anti-Trump spot. Gov. Scott Walker, who endorsed Cruz this week, is featured in an ad urging his fellow conservatives to join the campaign. New polling shows Cruz 10 points ahead of Trump in the Badger State. Cruz also picked up the endorsement of Catholic Vote this week. 

John Kasich: In a “Good Morning America” interview Thursday, Kasich said Trump is “not prepared” to be president. In more pressing matters, Kasich was forced to defend his decision to eat New York pizza with a fork. His explanation: “It was scalding hot.” Time will tell whether this hurts his chances with New York voters.

Democratic Primary

Hillary Clinton is not liking the poll numbers she’s seeing in Wisconsin, so her campaign is reportedly giving up in the state and focusing on New York, where she is ahead by a large margin.

Bernie Sanders is extremely popular in Madison, Wisconsin and may be poised to pull off an upset in the Badger State on Tuesday. Although the Vermont senator trails significantly in the super delegate count, pundits say he’s not as far behind as you may think. Meanwhile, he’s still raking in some serious campaign cash. An error by the Washington, D.C. Democratic Party accidentally left Sanders off the ballot. Sanders defined the GOP race as an “international embarrassment” during an appearance on Rachel Maddow’s show on MSNBC.

Delegate Count

Primary Schedule

No primaries scheduled this week.