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Kasich Drops Out Too

Gov. John Kasich is out of the Republican contest, having put out word that he is suspending his campaign.

Now, as we all know, Kasich was out of the election soon after New Hampshire, but continued his ego trip for months afterward. Nevertheless, his campaign put out word today that he is formally ending his long-dead quest to be president.

Kasich

That leaves only Donald Trump as the last man standing and the presumptive nominee, I presume. Unless Jim Gilmore gets back in, which I doubt.

You remember Jim Gilmore, right?

Gosh, of all those people onstage during those GOP debates, now there is only one.

I had wondered if maybe Ted Cruz had some kind of weird plan to let Kasich go one on one with Donald Trump and do well enough to deny him the 1,237. But I checked, and Kasich’s polls were terrible in all the remaining states I saw, so this was out of the question.

Video || Cruz Punches and Then Elbows Wife in the Face

Furious that she contributed to his Indiana loss by terming him an immigrant, Ted Cruz Tuesday might punched his wife Heidi and then elbowed her – in the face. This after last week throwing Carly Fiorina off the stage during an event with his running mate in the Hoosier state.

Okay, just wanted to see if you thought I’d gone crazy. Next thing you know, I might be saying his dad was in cahoots with Lee Harvey Oswald. Of course Cruz only accidentally bumped his wife, and I don’t think he even saw Carly fall off the stage last week, which, like her impromptu singing, was something she did entirely on her own.

But the was funny. I mean, not for Heidi.

Obama Schedule || Wednesday, May 4, 2016

10:05 am || Departs White House
11:50 am || Arrives Flint, Michigan
12:40 pm || Receives a briefing on the response and recovery effort by the Unified Command Group; Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, Flint
2:30 pm || Participates in a roundtable meeting with Flint community members; Northwestern High School, Flint
4:00 pm || Delivers remarks; Northwestern High School, Flint
5:00 pm || Departs Flint
6:40 pm || Arrives White House
8:25 pm || Delivers remarks at the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies 22nd Annual Awards Gala Dinner; Washington

All times Eastern

Cruz Quits

Republicans, Donald Trump is your nominee.

Sen. Ted Cruz dropped out of the race Tuesday evening after a crushing loss in Indiana, declining even to carry on until the final contests in California and New Jersey June 7, as most has expected.

I will run a live stream of Trump’s victory speech here.

“From the beginning, I have said that I will continue on as long as there is a viable path to victory,” Cruz said in Indianapolis. “Tonight, I am sorry to say, it appears that path has been closed.”

With Cruz out, it’s done. Trump will no doubt seal the nomination of the first ballot as he now faces John Kasich, who will not be able to amass enough delegates in the final contests to keep Trump from 1,237. At the very least, Trump will be close enough to be pushed over the top, especially with Cruz’s delegates abandoning their candidate.

Ted-Cruz

With more than half the vote counted as of 8:49 pm ET, Trump was up by more than 15 points, 52.6 percent to 37 percent. Both national polls and surveys in California and New Jersey give Trump double digit leads over Cruz, which must have convinced Cruz that his fate was sealed.

And Carly Fiorina’s five minute run for vice president is now over.

SEAL Somehow Killed Despite “No Boots on the Ground” Policy

Military officials said today that a Navy SEAL was killed in combat in Iraq.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged that the SEAL was killed “in combat” but said he was not on a “combat mission.”

And remember, we do not have boots on the ground. Except that these sailor’s boots will soon be underground.