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Ted Cruz exits POTUS race, Kasich vows to stay

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz drops out of presidential race “From the beginning I’ve said that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory. Cruz said. “Tonight I’m sorry to say it appears that path has been foreclosed.”
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Republican candidate Sen. Ted Cruz dropped out of the race for the presidency following his loss to New York real estate mogul Donald Trump on Tuesday night. Trump bested Cruz in Indiana’s Republican Primary with the race called by the Associated Press at poll close in the Hoosier state.

“I said I would continue on as long as there is a viable path to victory. Tonight, I’m sorry to say, it appears that path has been foreclosed,” Cruz said to supporters at the “Together we left it all on the field in Indiana. We gave it everything we got, but the voters chose another path.”

Cruz and Trump had been embroiled in a bitter battle of words and schoolyard taunts over the last months leading up to the Indiana contest. Trump dominated primaries and caucuses in March and April, cementing his lead on the path to the GOP convention in Cleveland in July.

Cruz and fellow challenger, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, were engaged in a collusory electioneering game, aimed at depriving Trump of delegates and creating a path to a contested convention. Kasich, prior to Tuesday, agreed to refrain from expending campaign resources in Indiana in order to give Cruz a better chance of garnering delegates.

Although, the plan fell short and Kasich had received less than 10 percent of the Indiana vote (85 percent reporting), the governor vowed to march on to Cleveland.

According to AOL News, John Weaver, chief strategist for the campaign released a statement after polls closed. “Tonight’s results are not going to alter Gov. Kasich’s campaign plans,” Weaver said. “Our strategy has been and continues to be one that involves winning the nomination at an open convention.”

Trump picked up at least 51 of the 57 delegates in the Indiana contest. The self-proclaimed presumptive candidate had 1,047 delegates on Tuesday, Cruz had 565 and Kasich 153.

Trump and Kasich move on to the Nebraska primary on May 10.

This article originally appeared on Examiner.com on May 3, 2016. 

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