The last one bites the dust. A day after his huge loss in the Indiana primary, Republican candidate John Kasich will also be suspending his presidential campaign. His presidential push has confused many as of late, as he trailed Trump by over 900 delegates and was, in many ways, in 4th place in a two-person race. Kasich reportedly wants to continue his campaign and feels that he is the best option to counter Trump, but his campaign simply has run out of money. It is possible that Kasich will end up on the national ticket, however, as his name has been floated as a possible vice president, due at least in part to his popularity in the crucial swing state of Ohio.
In a press conference in Columbus, Ohio, Kasich told reporters, "I have always said that the Lord has a purpose for me as he has for everyone," he said. "And as I suspend my campaign today, I have renewed faith, deeper faith, that the Lord will show me the way forward, and fulfill the purpose of my life."
And then there were two. After a lopsided loss in the Indiana primary, Texas senator Ted Cruz announced that he will drop out of the 2016 presidential election, essentially guaranteeing the nomination to Donald Trump and dashing the hopes of many for a contested convention.
In the end, Trump's strength and his own political stumbles — everything from "basketball ring" to those crazy Zodiac Killer rumors — proved too much for the senator to overcome. Even the Cruz-Kasich collaboration to try and keep Trump from winning the necessary 1,237 delegates to win the election outright proved ineffective.
Cruz spoke to crowd of supporters after the final numbers from the Indiana primary rolled in:
Above protests from the crowd urging him not to drop out, Cruz said, "We left it all on the field in Indiana. We gave it everything we've got but the voters chose another path." He continued, "So with a heavy heart but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign."
It was clear early on that Indiana would either make or break Cruz, who said earlier in the day, "We are competing to the end as long as we have a viable path to victory." Turns out, the end came sooner than he would have liked.
While Cruz was never the kind of Republican that most Americans would vote for, the downside for many of his dropping out is Trump's virtually inevitable claim to the Republican ticket. The frontrunner will now turn his sights to the Republican convention, and the White House.
Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders did get a shot in the arm to his flagging campaign by winning the Indiana primary on the Democratic side, but he continues to fight for delegates in what appears to be a losing battle against Hillary Clinton.
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