As of late Tuesday, Trump had earned 51 of the 57 delegates in Indiana, putting him at 1,047 overall. With 445 delegates at stake in the remaining nine primaries, Trump now only needs 43% of said remaining delegates to bring his total count to the nomination clinching 1,237. With that in mind, I guess we shouldn't have been shocked by a certain announcement occurring soon after Trump clinched Indiana.
Ted Cruz dropped out of the presidential race on Tuesday night, ending one of the best-organized campaigns of 2016 after a series of stinging defeats left Donald Trump as the only candidate capable of clinching the nomination outright.
Cruz had appeared eager to go all the way to Cleveland to contest the Republican convention, but a string of massive losses in the Northeast and his subsequent defeat in Indiana convinced his team there was no way forward.
“From the beginning I’ve said that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory,” Cruz said, with his wife Heidi by his side. “Tonight I’m sorry to say it appears that path has been foreclosed.”
“With a heavy heart but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign.”
From the start, Cruz has premised his candidacy on the idea that 2016 would be an election driven by resentment toward the established GOP order. It was a strategy that looked prescient as Cruz steadily rose in the polls throughout 2015 and broke into the top tier in Iowa in early 2016.
But what Cruz did not expect is that he would be outmatched in outsider anger by Trump. Cruz had maintained a fragile truce with Trump all of last year, but by the time he turned on the front-runner, the Manhattan businessman had already captured the voters Cruz was hoping would fuel his candidacy.
As he bowed out, Cruz did not even mention the presumptive nominee.
"The challenges we face today remain as great as ever," Cruz told his supporters as he suspended the campaign. "Americans are deeply frustrated and desperately want to change the path that we're on."
Now is the time for the pro-Trump crowd to make a declaration. Can he or can he not win the general election without support of the #NeverTrump coalition? His
I always forget: am I supposed to suck up because I'm needed to beat Clinton or is Trump strong enough without me? pic.twitter.com/y2mluIWu4t— Kevin Glass (@KevinWGlass) May 3, 2016
By the way, if you're still saying you support Trump because he's "anti-establishment," you're lying to yourself. It's pretty clear from the developments over the past few weeks that the very establishment you allegedly decry helped Trump take out their biggest thorn --- Cruz. Also, there are already reports circulating that many seasoned GOP operatives (the very essence of "GOPe") are ready to hop aboard the "Trump Train."
So Trump's vow to eradicate the "establishment" has been over-hyped, not to mention he will be routed in the general election by Hillary Clinton this November. And instead of getting the huuuuuuuge wall on the southern border, you Trumpkins will witness Madam President signing sweeping immigration reform which will likely include legalization for those illegal aliens living in the shadows.
I will never forget how so many Trumpkins accused me of being "played" by the "GOPe" because apparently the Republican controlled Congress for which I staunchly advocated should have been able to coerce Obama into dramatically cutting spending as well as repeal his crown jewel legislation of health insurance reform. Turns out that Trumpkins accusing someone of being "played" is nothing more than classic projection.