- Trump all but seals deal for Republican nomination
- Cruz drops out of race
- Sanders win makes little impact on Clinton lead
Donald Trump has become the Republican party’s presumptive nominee after scoring a convincing win in Indiana, forcing out his rival Ted Cruz.
Trump who has defied pundits’ predictions has now only John Kasich fighting him for delegates, but he’s so far behind, even the Republican Committee has called for unity behind Trump.
“We had a tremendous victory tonight … it was a tremendous victory. I could see immediately we were doing very well and it looks like a massive victory and looks like we win all 57 delegates,” Trump told his supporters.
Despite calling each other liars and hurling other insults at one another in the hours before the primary, Trump managed to thank Cruz for being a good competitor.
For rival Ted Cruz who had hoped Indiana would be a Trump firewall, breaking the billionaire’s momentum, the night was a disaster forcing him to end his campaign.
Speaking to his supporters after the result, Cruz said: “From the beginning I’ve said that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory. Tonight I’m sorry to say it appears that path has been foreclosed. Together we left it all on the field in Indiana. We gave it everything we’ve got but the voters chose another path.”
And it wasn’t Mrs Cruz’s night either after getting mistakenly elbowed in the face by her husband as he left the stage.
On the Democratic side Bernie Sanders won comfortably although it does little to erase Hillary Clinton’s commanding lead.
Even before the primary the Clinton campaign had shifted its focus to other states, opting not to campaign actively or spend money in Indiana.