After a Rough Week, Donald Trump Refocuses on Wisconsin

Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 09.16.08MAGGIE HABERMAN

Friday, April 1, 2016

Good Friday morning.

For a while on Thursday, after a deeply volatile week, the dust around Donald J. Trump’s campaign appeared to settle.

Mr. Trump went to Washington for his first meeting with his foreign-policy team, an emerging group of advisers that, he told Fox News, would be announced to a fuller degree on Friday.

He also met with Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, in an effort to smooth the rough patches that have emerged between them in recent weeks. The meeting fell on the same day that the committee issued a list of frequently asked questions that explained exactly how the convention rules work.

Mr. Trump will head back to Wisconsin today, where he faces a difficult battle and a new front-runner, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who is leading some recent public opinion polls by a large amount.

The state holds an open primary on Tuesday, and Mr. Cruz and other forces hoping to stop Mr. Trump have drawn a line in the sand there. The fact that independents can vote in the primary could complicate the path for Mr. Cruz; they have tended to vote for Mr. Trump in greater numbers than they have for other candidates. And Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio could also attract independents’ votes.

The primary will be the first real test of whether Mr. Trump’s bumpy week — in which he defended his campaign manager over a charge of battery against a reporter, and defended himself over criticism for remarks he made about abortion — has left a mark with voters.

What We’re Watching Today

Mr. Cruz and Mr. Kasich will speak at a dinner hosted by the Republican Party of Milwaukee. Sarah Palin and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin are also scheduled to speak at the event.
Earlier in the day, Mr. Kasich will host a town-hall-style event in Hershey, Penn., and will speak at the 2016 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference in Camp Hill, Penn.
Hillary Clinton heads to Syracuse, N.Y., where she will host a round-table discussion about manufacturing and hold a rally.
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont will host a town-hall-style event in Sheboygan, Wis., and attend a rally in Green Bay, Wis.
Senator Bernie Sanders spoke at a rally in St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx on Thursday.

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The Vermont senator will try to persuade voters he is a better choice than Hillary Clinton, who is highlighting her years representing New York in the Senate.

A copy of the March 1990 issue of Playboy, signed by Donald J. Trump, on the floor after a campaign event this month in Warren, Mich.

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In a 1990 interview, the mogul detailed a grievance-filled agenda and a denunciation of weak leadership, remarks strikingly similar to his 2016 campaign message.