“Just so you understand, Ted Cruz, I don’t know if he likes me or doesn’t like me, but he is one hell of a competitor,” Trump said. “He is a tough, smart guy–and he has got an amazing future. He’s got an amazing future, so I want to congratulate Ted.
“I know how tough it is, it’s tough,” he continued. “I’ve had some moments where it was not looking so good and it’s not a great feeling and so I understand how Ted feels and Heidi and their whole beautiful family.”
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) May 4, 2016
“I’m sorry to say it appears that path has been foreclosed. Together we left it all on the field in Indiana…the voters chose another path. And so, with a heavy heart, but with boundless optimism, for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign. But hear me now, I am not suspending our fight for liberty.”
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ended his campaign for the Republican nomination Tuesday night, effectively ensuring Donald Trump will become the GOP’s standard-bearer in 2016.
Cruz conceded the race at an event in Indianapolis following the results of Tuesday’s Indiana primary, which Trump won handily. CBS News called the race for Trump right at 7 p.m., when the polls closed; with 59 percent of precincts reporting in Indiana, Trump led Cruz by 16 points, 53 percent to 37 percent.
Wow, Lyin' Ted Cruz really went wacko today. Made all sorts of crazy charges. Can't function under pressure – not very presidential. Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2016
The Texas senator had focused heavily on the Hoosier State following loses to Trump in the five Northeastern primaries last week. He spent a great deal of time campaigning across the state, touted an endorsement from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, and sought to energize his campaign by announcing former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as his running mate.
But ultimately, Cruz got the two-man race against Trump he’d been wanting all along–and he still lost. With Trump winning the majority of delegates out of Indiana, he is on the path to reach 1,237 delegates by the end of voting in June.
7:35 p.m. Our Principles PAC, the anti-Trump super PAC that put more than $2 million in ad dollars into Indiana, released a statement from chair Katie Packer that is far from conceding defeat:
“While tonight’s Indiana primary results increased Donald Trump’s delegate count, Trump remains short of the 1,237 delegates needed to win the GOP nomination,” she said. “A substantial number of delegates remain up for grabs in this highly unpredictable year.”
Packer blasted Trump’s “absurd tabloid lies,” including his assertion that Cruz’s father was somehow involved in the assassination of President Kennedy.
“We continue to give voice to the belief of so many Republicans that Trump is not a conservative, does not represent the values of the Republican Party, cannot beat Hillary Clinton, and is simply unfit to be President of the United States,” she continued.