Cruz Folds as Trumps Vows to Show U.S. How to "Win Bigly" Once Again
Victory in Indiana and with the no real competition left standing, billionaire entertainer all but assured Republican nomination
"We're gonna make America great again."
After thanking his family and calling his ascendency in the 2016 Republican primary race a "beautiful thing to behold," Donald Trump didn't waste any time employing his most popular campaign slogan on Tuesday night as he claimed victory in the Indiana primary – a win that nearly assures his nomination at the party's convention after his closest rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced he was ending his campaign.
"We have to know how to win and we haven't won," Trump said during his speech from the Trump Towers in New York City. "We've been losing all the time. We lose with our military. We can't beat ISIS. We lose with trade. We lose with borders. We lose with everything. We're not gonna lose. We're gonna start winning again. And we're gonna win big-ly."
The race in Indiana was called in Trump's favor not long after polls closed and as of this writing, with with 78% of precincts reporting, NBC News results showed Trump with 53 percent of the vote, compared to Cruz's 37 percent, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich coming in a distant third with just 8 percent.
Though it had not been clear he would bow out if defeated on Tuesday, the loss in Indiana proved to be the last straw for Cruz's campaign.
"From the beginning I’ve said that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory," Cruz told supporters and television cameras in his concession speech given from Indianapolis. "Tonight I’m sorry to say it appears that path has been foreclosed."
As Politico reports, Cruz's exit leaves Trump "as the only candidate capable of clinching the nomination outright."