Cruz Exits Race After Dramatic Indiana Primary
May 5, 2016
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Several hundred thousand voters turned out to cast their ballots at the Indiana Primary on Tuesday, where it quickly became apparent that Trump was going to finish with a commanding lead. It was such an intense lead that it led to Ted Cruz officially dropping out of the race. He said in
It was such an intense lead that it led to Ted Cruz officially dropping out of the race. He said in a statement, “From the beginning, I promised that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to the nomination,” said Cruz, “but now, it appears that path has been foreclosed.”
Cruz has been standing with party member John Kasich lately, after it became apparent there was no mathematical possibility either one of them could win on their own. At no point in this race have either of the two even come close to getting ahead of frontrunner Donald Trump in the overall polls, suggesting their campaigns were likely doomed from the start.
As Trump was giving the final remarks of his victory speech, he pointed out that Cruz had forfeited the nomination, but also stated he feels he “is a very strong, tough man that was hard to beat.” On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders ended up taking the win by about five percentage points; a clear victory, but not the landslide he needed to once again pose a serious threat against Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
Hillary will now focus on attracting Cruz’s supporters who are looking to stop Trump from winning the nomination, while Bernie does the same and plans out how he is going to try to earn more delegates in the upcoming states.
Looking forward, it seems that Trump and Hillary are most likely going to be the ones facing off in November’s General Election, which will decide the next president. However, Bernie Sanders technically still could win, but it is going to take some major damage control and persuasion to get his supporters to vote for such a dream to become a reality.
The next major primary will take place in West Virginia, a “crucial state” as Hillary puts it. This state lies in a region that is known for being unpredictable and has decently powerful influence on the election’s final results. Winning this state would be incredibly beneficial for Bernie Sanders, but it would need to be by an astonishingly large margin if he hopes to stay relevant until the very end, as he told his supporters. Only time will tell us the outcome of the Democratic debacle, but, for now, it is very safe to say that Donald Trump will win the Republican nomination.