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Despite Sanders win, Clinton to eye Trump as Republican fight brews

Democratic US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders holds a rally at Safeco Field in Seattle over the weekend

Hillary Clinton on Monday was set to target Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, despite renewed pressure from her Democratic rival for her party’s presidential nomination after sweeping wins in three US states.

In a speech in Wisconsin, the former secretary of state plans to hold up the opening in the Supreme Court as further cause for concern should Trump win the US presidency in the Nov. 8 election, according to her campaign.

A Supreme Court justice nominated by Trump would curb Americans’ rights and empower companies, Clinton said in a speech blasting Republicans who have vowed not to consider Democratic President Barack Obama’s nominee until after the election, her campaign said.

Wisconsin is the next US state to hold a primary contest on April 5.

US Senator Bernie Sanders on Saturday chipped away at Clinton’s lead with wins in three states, cutting her lead in the race for the 2,382 delegates needed for the Democratic nomination.

Sanders’ campaign spokeswoman Symone Sanders on Monday told CNN that superdelegates backing Clinton could reconsider before the party’s Philadelphia convention in July: “You can’t win like we won this past weekend and not expect superdelegates to take a second look.”

Trump also plans to campaign in Wisconsin this week as he seeks to build his lead over chief rival US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Governor John Kasich, who has remained a distant third in state nominating contests.

Trump has won 738 of the 1,237 delegates needed to take the Republican nomination at its July convention in Cleveland. Cruz has won 463 delegates, according to the New York Times.

Kasich, who has said he plans fight for the nomination at the convention, has won 143.

In the latest sign of unpredictability in the Republican race, Trump vowed to sue at least one state over its delegate allocation ahead of the convention.

“Just to show you how unfair Republican primary politics can be, I won the State of Louisiana and get less delegates than Cruz-Lawsuit coming,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal detailed the delegate fight in the state, which gave Trump and Cruz 18 each after its March 5 contest but has 10 others up for grabs.

Trump gave no other details and his campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks had no other immediate comment.

Cruz spokesman Ron Nehring blasted Trump in a tweet and urged him to read up on party rules.

 

 


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