Being political outsiders is suddenly not good news for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.
Trump and Sanders have dominated the political cycle with unconventional presidential campaigns that have shaken up both parties.
Trump is the GOP front-runner and has a large delegate lead over Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), while Sanders has won eight of the last nine Democratic contests.
Yet a little more than three months before the political conventions begin, both are facing serious challenges.
Cruz has outmaneuvered Trump for delegates in Louisiana and Colorado and threatens to take the GOP nomination away from his rival at the convention in Cleveland.
“There’s a reason why you don’t go total outsider — because at the end of the day, it’s the establishment who writes the rules,” said GOP strategist Ford O'Connell, who worked on Sen. John McCain’s (Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign.
“This lust for outsider politics requires insiders,” he added.