Three news items from the last twenty-four hours have virtually confirmed that Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee for president for the Republican party.
First, the Indiana primary results turned out with a very large margin in favor of Donald Trump. AP reports that Trump won with 53.3% of the total vote, compared to Ted Cruz’s 36.7% and John Kasich’s 7.5%. This comes after several weeks of incredibly hard campaigning in the state, and more than one smear leveled by Trump at Cruz and his supporters. One more striking episode arose when Trump repeated a highly suspect National Enquirer article asserting that Raphael Cruz, Ted Cruz’s father, was with Lee Harvey Oswald before Oswald went on to assassinate John F. Kennedy.
Second, after his loss in Indiana, Ted Cruz announced that he was suspending his campaign. In his announcement, Cruz announced his conclusion that there was likely not a possible strategy by which Donald Trump could be kept from reaching the majority of delegates.
From the beginning I’ve said that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory. Tonight, I’m sorry to say it appears that path has been foreclosed. Together, we left it all on the field in Indiana. We gave it everything we’ve got but the voters chose another path.
Cruz, like Carly Fiorina before him, committed to keeping up the fight to defend constitutional principles and preserving America’s future. However, his announcement made it clear that he would not be doing so from the presidential campaign trail.
The third and most recent development has come as a more recent surprise: John Kasich appears to be following Ted Cruz’s lead, and sources close to the campaign have indicated that Kasich is also dropping out of the race. This was confirmed when Kasich, already in a plane on the tarmac at the Columbus airport, ordered the plane to taxi back. He had already been slated to speak at Washington Dulles airport, and was set to host several D.C.-area fundraisers.
UPDATE: In a Wednesday afternoon press conference, John Kasich formally announced that he was suspending his campaign.
With the field all but cleared, it appears that Donald Trump has emerged as the last man standing. Unless something changes in the near future, Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee for President of the United States.
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