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Cruz campaign over, clearing path to Trump's nomination

8 years 2 months 1 week ago Tuesday, May 03 2016 May 3, 2016 May 03, 2016 11:13 PM May 03, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Hunter Robinson

INDIANA - Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has ended his presidential campaign, essentially clearing Donald Trump's path to the Republican nomination.

Trump beat Cruz by more than 20-points in Indiana's primary Tuesday. Afterward, he shocked supporters by announcing he was dropping out.

"I am not suspending our fight to defend the Constitution, to defend the Christian values that built America," he said. "Our movement will continue.

Earlier in the week, Trump had predicted a win there would all but guarantee him the nomination. He applauded Cruz for suspending his campaign.

"I didn't expect it," Trump told supporters. "What Ted did is really a very brave thing to do and a great thing to do because we want to bring unity to the Republican party."

In an interview following Cruz's announcement, former Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced he would vote for Trump. Jindal was one of Trump's biggest critics during before he dropped out of the presidential race.

GOP National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus tweeted that Trump will likely be the Republican nominee and encouraged the party to unite behind him in order to defeat Hillary Clinton

Defeating the Democratic frontrunner is what Bernie Sanders did Tuesday night. He clinched the win among Indiana democrats, but still faces an uphill battle to win the party's nomination. He's optimistic that can happen.

"While the path is narrow, I believe we can pull off one of the greatest political upsets in the history of the United States," the Senator from New H

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