Presidential hopeful Donald J. Trump is now set to run unopposed for the Republican presidential nomination as both Ted Cruz and John Kasich have suspended their campaigns.
After facing a crushing defeat to Trump in Indiana, Cruz announced Tuesday night that he would be dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination. "We left it all on the field in Indiana. We gave it everything we've got but the voters chose another path," Cruz said. "So with a heavy heart but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign."
The next day, Kasich announced that he too was suspending his campaign. Kasich said, "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." Kasich, who had only won the majority of delegates in one state, was the only competitor left in the Republican race against Trump.
Even before Kasich secured victory in his home state of Ohio, he was already feeling the pressure to drop out of the race. Even Marco Rubio, who (as of this publication) still leads Kasich in pledged delegates, dropped out of the race shortly into primary season. On Tuesday night, Kasich was determined that his loss in Indiana would not deter him from his campaign. Kasich had fundraisers scheduled in the Washington area for Wednesday, but reportedly had a change of heart while on a plane. While having the plane taxi back on the runway, Kasich reportedly called a handful of close friends and told them, “My heart is not in this.”
While both Kasich and Cruz had seemingly come together to try to bar Trump from winning the nomination, the blow received by both of the candidates in Indiana was enough to cause them to end their campaigns. The “Stop Trump” plan was to keep Trump from winning the necessary 1,237 delegates to secure the nomination, then have the Republican nominee be decided at the Republican National Convention.
In Indiana’s primary, Trump won 53% of the vote and was awarded all 57 delegates the state had up for grabs. As of this publication, Trump currently has 1,053 pledged delegates and is uncontested for the Republican nomination.