Washington: All eyes will be on Wisconsin on Tuesday when the Midwestern state votes in the US presidential primary race, with Republican frontrunner Donald Trump and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton hoping for big win.
On the other hand, Trump's main rival Senator Ted Cruz is eyeing the Badger State as a crucial firewall against the billionaire businessman's march to an outright nomination win.
But if Trump manages to win here, he could race much ahead of Cruz in the Republican nomination race.
"If we do well here, folks, it's over," he claimed at a campaign stop Monday in the town of La Crosse.
Clinton is facing a surging Bernie Sanders, who has won five of the last six contests. But this month could prove a sunny month for the former secretary of state, who is currently ahead of Sanders by double digits in New York, which votes April 19, and Pennsylvania, which casts ballots a week later.
The 69-year-old Trump has also earned a handy lead in those states. Wisconsin is the birthplace of the Republican Party and is seen as Ground Zero for the anti-Trump movement. Defeating Trump at Wisconsin would bolster 45-year-old Cruz.
There is no denying the fact that Trump's campaign had recently seemed bulletproof, but he has sparked some unnecessary controversies in the recent past through his statements on abortion, Cruz's wife and a journalist who alleged she was roughed up by Trump's campaign manager.
With polls showing Cruz leading in Wisconsin, Trump's wife Melania joined him at the Milwaukee Theater on Monday. "He's fair," insisted 45-year-old Melania Trump.
"As you may know by now, when you attack him, he will punch back 10 times harder," she said, but added: "No matter who you are, man or a woman, he treats everyone equal."