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Trump, Cruz, Sanders Vie For Votes Across Wisconsin Sunday

Presidential, Supreme Court Candidates Urging Supporters To The Polls

AP Photo/Paul Sancya

With just two days before the Wisconsin presidential primary, most of the remaining candidates are actively campaigning in the state on Sunday in search of last-minute support.

Democratic contender Bernie Sanders will hold two rallies, one in Wausau on Sunday afternoon and another in Madison at night.

Meanwhile, Republican candidate Ted Cruz has events slated in in Green Bay on Sunday afternoon and Eau Claire later in the evening. GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is active in the Milwaukee area, including an evening rally planned for West Allis.

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These activities capped an already busy weekend for the candidates as they crisscrossed the state.

Sanders and his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton spoke at a Democratic Party dinner in Milwaukee on Saturday night. In separate speeches before 1,500 people, the candidates tried to sum up their efforts.

Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, spoke first.

“For the Democratic Party to succeed, we need a vibrancy and we need an energy and we need a level of grass-roots activism that we do not have at this moment. And what that means is, we need to bring in millions of young people who have never voted in their lives and I am proud that many of those young people are coming in to our campaign,” he said.

After a brief break, Clinton, a former secretary of state, took the stage. She said Democrats need to be ready for a tough campaign against Republicans this fall.

“We know they’re going to come at us with every possible insult and smear. They’ll do, say and spend whatever it takes to try to get the White House back,” Clinton said. “Now, this may be obvious to you, but I think we need a nominee who’s been tested and vetted already. And for 25 years, they’ve thrown everything they could at me, but I’m still standing.”

Clinton and Sanders referred to their differences on how to pay for efforts to make college more affordable and their approach to trade deals. But they avoided personal criticism of each other.

However, both criticized Republican Gov. Scott Walker, with Clinton calling Walker a “bully” for his political attacks on teachers, nurses and firefighters through pushing through Act 10 legislation. (Although, the firefighters union in Milwaukee continues to back the governor.)

Clinton also took a couple minutes to comment on state Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley, who faces appeals court Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg in Tuesday’s election. Clinton called Bradley “a Walker-appointed judge” and referred to writings that Bradley made as a Marquette University student nearly 25 years ago about birth control, sexual assault and gays. Bradley has apologized for the writings, and says they do not reflect her views today.

“So tonight, I’m adding my voice to the chorus across Wisconsin saying, no to discrimination, no to hate speech and no to Bradley!” she said.

Many of the candidates, both for president and Supreme Court, have get out the vote efforts planned in Wisconsin Sunday.