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Republican Ted Cruz easily won the Wisconsin presidential primary on Tuesday, dealing a blow to front-runner Donald Trump's hopes of amassing enough delegates for the party's nomination and boosting chances of a rare contested convention.

Cruz's double-digit win over Trump was a breakthrough for Republican Party forces battling to block the controversial New York billionaire, and it raised the prospect of a prolonged nomination fight that could last to the July convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders also won in Wisconsin, gaining momentum in his fight against front-runner Hillary Clinton and trimming her commanding lead in delegates.

Trump entered the night with 737 convention delegates to Cruz's 481, leaving him 500 delegates short of the 1,237 needed to become the party's nominee in the Nov. 8 election.

Cruz said the result in Wisconsin showed the party was beginning to rally behind him, but he acknowledged the growing possibility that the fight could go all the way to the convention.

Meanwhile, in the east, Armenian-backed forces violated a ceasefire in Azerbaijan's breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region 115 times in the last 24 hours, RIA news agency cited the Azeri Defence Ministry as saying on Wednesday.

Back in Ireland, the front pages of this morning's national newspapers are as follows:

'Health cover to rise by €700 in fresh squeeze' reads the front page of the Irish Independent. The newspaper reports that some families are facing a hike of up to €700 per year in health insurance premiums within weeks. Personal Finance Editor Charlie Weston says addiitonal price rises are also forecast to be on the way this year.

The front page of the Herald reads: 'Michaella's lies'. The drug mule told RTE in an exclusive interview that she fled threats, but her family knew of Ibiza months before, the newspaper reports.

The Irish Daily Star also leads with Michaella McCollum - this time an exclusive interview with her former boyfriend. The headline reads: 'Michaella's ex: She deserves a break'. The front page photograph shows Michaella and the English DJ sitting on a boat together.

The Irish Examiner leads with the news that a flood crisis group had not had a meeting for up to six years. The headline reads: 'No flood crisis meeting for up to six years'. The front page also features a photograph from last night's fatal crash in north Cork which left an elderly couple dead. It is the second fatal collision in north Cork in recent weeks.

The Irish Times leads with the Panama Papers latest. 'Panama legal firm linked to Quinn case' reads the front page.

The Irish Daily Mail leads with politics and the race to form a government. 'Tonight's the night!' reads the front page of the newspaper.

The Irish Daily Mirror leads with the statement of Buncrana hero Davitt Walsh as the young man said he is looking forward to being a part of the life of Baby Rioghnach-Ann, who he saved from the pier tragedy last month. 'Bonded for life' reads the headline.

Finally, the Irish Sun leads with tycoon Jim Mansfield Jr's appearance in court yesterday in connection to an alleged unlicensed weapons cache. The headline reads: 'Brothers 'n' arms'.

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