Ted Cruz Drops Out of Presidential Race
"Tonight, I'm sorry to say, it appears that path has been foreclosed," Republican Presidential candidate, Ted Cruz said to a crowd this evening. "And so, with a heavy heart, but with boundless optimism for the long term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign."
According to the Associated Press, with 93% of districts reporting, Trump swept up in the Indiana primary with 53.3% of the votes. Reports now show only 190 delegates stand between Trump and the Republican nomination. While it seemed that Cruz was in the race for the long haul, much to the joy and dismay of his party, he was one of two Republican candidates left that had the potential to pull votes away from Trump. With a handful of states left, Trump may be seen as the presumptive nominee. To reinforce his position, the path is clear for him to secure the 1,237 delegates needed to become the official nominee before the Republican convention in July.
On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders shows he still has a fighting chance garnering 43 delegates and 52.7% of the votes in Indiana. While Clinton leads Sanders in total delegates, only 321 pledged delegates separates the two. If Sanders is able to keep Clinton at bay, he might be able to perform a miracle at the Democratic convention and convince Superdelegates to reconsider their pledge. Both candidates move onto West Virginia next week.