Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee of the Republican party, after rival Ted Cruz announced he was suspending his campaign.
After losing to Trump in the Indiana primary on Tuesday night, Cruz took to the stage to address his supporters.
“From the beginning I’ve said that 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 as the crowd shouted him down with howls of no.
“We gave it everything we got but the voters chose another path.”
And then he threw in the towel.
“With a heavy heart, but with boundless optimism for the long term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign,” he said taking supporters by surprise.
“But hear me now: I am not suspending our fight for liberty. I am not suspending our fight to defend the constitution to defend the Judeo-Christian values that built America.
“Our movement will continue and I give you my word that I will continue this fight with all of my strength and all of my ability.”
While there is still one more Republican with their hat in the ring, John Kasich, Trump is well ahead on delegate numbers going into the Republican nominating convention and it seems impossible another candidate would clinch the nomination.
In his speech Cruz hinted that he did not think Trump would be able to win the general election, foreshadowing another run at the nomination in 2020.
Either way, Trump is now the man lost likely to be facing off against Hilary Clinton or Bernie Sanders in November.
It’s a surprising outcome, given just months ago his candidacy was considered a publicity stunt by many political observers.
Donald Trump addressed supporters a short time later, buoyed by the victory and confident that he can beat the Democratic nominee.
“We’re not going to lose. We’re going to start winning again and we’re going to win big league, believe me,” he said.
He immediately turned his focus to attacking Hilary Clinton, who is ahead in the Democratic primary, and likely to take the nomination.
“We’re going after Hilary Clinton. She will not be a great president. She will not be a good president. She will be a poor president. She doesn’t understand trade. Her husband signed the single worst trade deal in the world ever done,” Trump said.