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.
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.