Texas Senator Ted Cruz drops out of the race entirely after losing Indiana in YUGE landslide to billionaire businessman Donald Trump.
With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Trump was declared the winner with 53.3 percent, compared to Cruz with 36.6 percent and Kasich with 7.6 percent.
It is worth noting that even though there were 3 candidates in the Republican race, Trump got 53.3%, more than Sanders got on the Democratic side, 52.5% despite having only 2 candidates.
Additionally it is also worth mentioning that with only 98% of the votes counted, there were 1.078.798 people combined who voted Republican, with Trump alone getting 589,416 voters while the Democrats only had 637.024 voters combined.
With that being said, only 1 out of 3 Bernie Sanders supporters say they will support Hillary Clinton in a general election and at least one third out of Bernie Sanders supporters say will vote for Donald Trump because the two candidates are quite similar in many ways.
The numbers are looking good for the Republicans for the general election.
“Thank you to each of you, incredible patriots who have fought so hard to save this nation,” Cruz told supporters in Indianapolis Tuesday night. “What you have done, the movement that you have started, is extraordinary. I love each and every one of you. From the beginning I’ve said I would carry on as long as there was a viable path to victory. Tonight I’m sorry to say that path is closed.”
So far, there is no word on whether Kasich will drop out of the race.
Trump tweeted minutes after he was declared the winner, “Wow, Lyin’ Ted Cruz really went wacko today. Made all sorts of crazy charges. Can’t function under pressure – not very presidential. Sad!”
“We had a tremendous victory tonight. It was a tremendous victory,” Trump told supporters at Trump Towers in New York City.
“We are going after Hillary Clinton,” Trump added. “She will not be a great president. She will not be a good president. She will be a poor president.”
Indianians are, by most accounts, excited to be voting Tuesday, as their state usually does not bring as much impact to presidential races as it is this year. With each county selecting their own voting system, the day has gone relatively smoothly compared to prior state contests.
Where things are not running as smoothly is in the Cruz campaign, where many on the inside are anticipating a loss, possibly by a landslide.
“Donald Trump may walk out of Indiana with as many as three-quarters of the delegates up for grabs,” Fox News reporter John Roberts relayed from one Cruz campaign source.
Trump piled on Cruz as people were heading to the polls.
“Over the last week, I have watched Lyin’ Ted become more and more unhinged as he is unable to react under the pressure and stress of losing, in all cases by landslides, the last six primary elections – in fact, coming in last place in all but one of them. Today’s ridiculous outburst only proves what I have been saying for a long time, that Ted Cruz does not have the temperament to be President of the United States,” Trump wrote in a campaign statement on Tuesday.
Not long ago, Indiana was considered a safe state for Cruz, but the campaign misjudged the voters and their priorities. Cruz played up the North Carolina bathroom issue, leaving Trump the opportunity to candidly say his own Trump Towers bathrooms are all-inclusive. Caitlyn Jenner, who has praised Cruz in the past, actually visited one of Trump’s facilities and said in a video message, “By the way, Ted, nobody got molested.”
Over $6 million was spent in Indiana on Pro-Cruz and Anti-Trump advertisements in Indiana, according to SMG Delta. Just $963,000 was spent on Pro-Trump ads, compared to $1.5 million for Pro-Sanders ads, $2.8 million for Anti-Trump ads and $3.3 million for pro-Cruz ads.
Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, the Clinton campaign has downplayed expectations of a victory in Indiana in what could be a campaign tactic on the side of Clinton to urge even more supporters to the polls. Sanders is still widely predicted to lose by hundreds of delegates, with Clinton already being 321 delegates ahead of Sanders plus 481 Superdelegates, making it a total of 802 delegates advantage over Sanders. In fact Sanders is doing so badly that he will soon be mathematically eliminated from the race just like Ted Cruz.
Bernie Sanders has 1361 delegates while there are only 1163 available as of today. The total number required in order to be nominated is 2383.
It is virtually impossible for Bernie Sanders to reach the majority of convention delegates by June 14, that is the last day that a primary will be held, with pledged delegates alone.
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