Wisconsin's election Tuesday night was another brick in the Anyone but Trump wall, but it remains to be seen if the two remaining candidates can stop the Republican front-runner from amassing enough delegates to win the nomination.
Donald Trump is the most polarizing figure since Sarah Palin hit the stage — thanks to Sen. John McCain's poor vetting of potential running mates.
Trump has a segment of voters who refuse to leave him for anyone else. Even Trump joked that he could shoot someone in the street and not drop in the polls.
The problem is, he isn't really rising in the polls either. As the field of candidates has dropped from 16 to three, Trump has only gained five percent in the polls. All of the other voters have fallen to Sen. Ted Cruz or Gov. John Kasich.
Trump's base of support seems to be around 30-35 percent. His ceiling appears to be in the same neighborhood.
Trump's style is why people love and hate him. He is far too active on Twitter and his reaction to attacks is often childish.
"Not only was (Cruz) propelled by the anti-Trump super PAC's spending countless millions of dollars on false advertising against Trump, but he was coordinating with his own super PACs (which is illegal) who totally control him," the Trump campaign said in a news release Tuesday night. "Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet — he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump."
Trump's campaign and many followers say the supporters of the "anyone but Trump" campaign are simply fans of the Republican establishment, and they don't like an outsider winning. Those trying to stop him from gaining the nomination point to his behavior and policy problems as disqualifying characteristics.
Wisconsin was a big loss for Trump when he needed to at least keep it close.
With New York up next, Trump expects to get back on track. But the election math turned negative in Wisconsin.
His uphill fight just got a little steeper.
REPRINTED FROM THE NORTHWEST FLORIDA DAILY NEWS