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UNCUT: A new Wisconsin poll shows Bernie Sanders widening his lead over Hillary Clinton ahead of the state’s April 5 primary. The poll, conducted by Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, is seen as the gold standard of polls in the Badger State. Today’s poll results show Sanders is ahead of Clinton by 4.3 points (49.2-44.9), with less than a week to go before Wisconsin voters cast their ballots. MORE

NEW YORK TIMES: Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont spent Wednesday crisscrossing Wisconsin, hosting events in three cities and arguing that his stances on trade deals, campaign finance and foreign policy make him a stronger candidate than Hillary Clinton. As a new poll showed him leading Mrs. Clinton by four points in the Badger State ahead of Tuesday’s primary, Mr. Sanders attacked her for supporting what he characterized as “disastrous” trade policies that led to thousands of Wisconsin jobs being shipped overseas and several factories closing or scaling back across the state. […]

“Over the last 30, 40 years, we have had trade policies in this country written by corporate America, and what they have been designed to do is to allow companies to shut down plants in Vermont, in Wisconsin and all over this country because they don’t want to pay workers here $15, $20, $25 an hour,” Mr. Sanders said. “They don’t want to pay them a living wage. They sanders vs hillarydon’t want to protect environmental rules. They don’t want to deal with unions. They’d rather move to Mexico or China, pay people pennies an hour.”

He went on to connect Mrs. Clinton to those companies, using a line of attack that worked well in Michigan, where he pulled off a surprising victory this month. “We are talking, over a period of years, of the loss of tens of thousands of good-paying jobs here in Wisconsin, millions of jobs throughout this country,” he said. “On all of these trade policies, Nafta, permanent normal trade relations with China, I not only voted against them, I help lead the opposition against them. On the other hand, over the years, Secretary Clinton has supported virtually all of these disastrous trade agreements.” MORE

NBC4: Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ name is not on the primary ballot in Washington, D.C., after the D.C. Democratic Party submitted registration paperwork a day late and a voter filed a challenge, News4 has learned. D.C. party officials called the problem a minor administrative dispute. The Sanders’ campaign, as well as Hillary Clinton’s campaign, each submitted registration fees of $2,500 on time earlier this month in advance of the June 14 Democratic primary. But D.C. Democrats did not email the candidates’ registration information to the D.C. Board of Elections until a day after the registration deadline of March 16, News4’s Tom Sherwood was first to report on Twitter. A Democratic voter in D.C. filed a challenge against the Sanders’ campaign’s registration. No complaint was filed against Clinton’s registration.MORE

WASHINGTON POST: A D.C. Democratic activist challenged Sanders’s status as a legitimate candidate because of the delay and that has forced the Board of Elections to take up the matter later this week, according to D.C. Democratic Party Chair Anita Bonds. In an interview, Bonds, who is also an at-large D.C. Council member, called the delay a non-issue. Party rules required her to accept checks until 7 p.m. on the 16th, she said, but the board of elections closed at 4:45 p.m. In each of the past four elections, Bonds said, the names were submitted the next day with no problem. If the D.C. elections board (which has had problems of its own) is not willing to certify Sanders, Bonds has another solution to make sure Sanders bernie-sanders-car-mememakes the ballot. Bonds said she will ask the D.C. Council to pass emergency legislation on Tuesday to make clear that the party has 24 hours from when it stops accepting checks to submit the names to the elections board. MORE

SNOPES: To summarize, the claim that presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spent campaign donations on a sports car worth $172,000 isn’t based on any factual information or evidence, but instead on a blurry photograph of a man who is driving a car that looks like it might be an expensive Audi 8, and who has a passing resemblance to the Democratic presidential candidate, in an area that doesn’t look anything like Arizona, dated on a day that he spent in the state. Even if Sanders actually was the one driving the car, it’s unclear how 4Chan commenters would know that he owned it and how he had paid for it simply from a series of grainy photographs. Sanders’ transportation choices were a hot topic in 2016. While the Democratic candidate frequently flew coach before he began his Presidential campaign, Sanders has recently opted for charter flights, likely due to his heightened profile, increase in travel demands, and Secret Service protection. MORE