Trump emerged as the presumptive Republican nominee in Tuesday night’s primary as Cruz left the race and Sanders won an upset victory over Clinton
We’re going to wrap up our live coverage of the Indiana primaries shortly. Here’s what happened:
- Donald Trump emerged as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee with a resounding victory in Indiana , as Ted Cruz suspended his presidential campaign.
- Bernie Sanders scored an upset victory over Hillary Clinton, though the two split the delegate pile. Sanders vowed the nominating race was not over.
- Cruz did not mention Trump as he mothballed his campaign but called for the Republican party to look to the far horizon (his 2020 bid?).
- “I’m sorry to say, it appears that path [to victory] has been foreclosed,” Cruz said. “We gave it everything we’ve got.”
- Trump praised Cruz as “one hell of a competitor” and “a tough, smart guy.” It was a change in tone from the morning, when he had suggested Cruz’s father had a hand in the JFK assassination and Cruz brought up Trump’s “battles with venereal disease”.
- Republican party chair Reince Priebus called Trump the “presumptive nominee”. Trump said: “We want to bring unity to the Republican party.”
- Many Republicans resisted that call, vowing on social media to support Clinton or, in any case, not to support Trump.
- Clinton invited supporters to “chip in now if you agree we can’t let [Trump] become president”.
- John Kasich’s campaign said he was staying in: “Tonight’s results are not going to alter Governor Kasich’s campaign plans.”
- Cruz did not depart the national stage gracefully, exactly, elbowing his wife in the face on the way
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