Donald Trump, with his overwhelming victory in Indiana on Tuesday, put himself in prime position to clinch the Republican presidential nomination in coming weeks, and spelled the end of Ted Cruz’s campaign.
“We are suspending our campaign — but hear me now, we’re not suspending our fight for liberty,” Cruz told supporters. “Our movement will continue.”
Trump, in his victory speech, called the Texas senator “one hell of a competitor” who has an “amazing” future.
“I want to congratulate Ted,” he said.
Sanders over Clinton In a surprise on the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders upended Hillary Clinton in Indiana in a close race, networks projected.
Clinton was careful Tuesday not to dismiss Sanders even though she holds a strong lead in the delegate and superdelegate count ahead of the Philadelphia convention.
“He has every right to finish out this primary season,” she said in an interview with MSNBC earlier Tuesday, but quickly added, “The facts are pretty clear. I’m three million votes ahead of him, 3oo pledged delegates ahead of him. We’re going to unify the party, we’re going to have a great convention.”
Trump Ascends Trump, who called Indiana a “massive victory,” easily overcame the firewall erected in the conservative stronghold by Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich aimed at thwarting his chances of garnering enough delegates to claim the GOP crown going into the Cleveland convention.
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But the billionaire left the Hoosier State commanding well more than three quarters of the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination, and the most difficult string of primary and caucus battles fading in his rearview mirror .
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But he pivoted more forcefully toward the general election after Indiana and his expected, foe Clinton.
“We’re going after Hillary Clinton,” Trump told supporters in a victory speech. “She will not be a good president. She will be a poor president.”
Trump also reached out to establishment Republicans, religious conservatives and women. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus referred to Trump in a tweet as the “presumptive GOP nominee” and called for unity and a focus on Clinton.
Lindsey McPherson and Simone Pathe contributed to this report.