Texas Senator Ted Cruz dropped out of the presidential race Tuesday night after suffering a humiliating defeat in the Indiana primary.
He told supporters during a downbeat farewell address that he was suspending his campaign, just hours after it was clear he would suffer a drubbing at the polls.
‘From the beginning, I’ve said that I would continue on as long as there is a viable path to victory,’ Cruz said at the climactic moment of the somber Indianapolis speech.
‘Tonight I’m sorry to say it appears that path has been foreclosed.’
‘We left it all on the field in Indiana. We gave it everything we’ve got. But the voters chose another path.’
‘And so with heavy heart, but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign,’ he said.
Cheers rang out in the lobby of Trump Tower as Cruz uttered the words ‘I’m sorry to say’ – and then again when he finally conceded the race.
Corey Lewandowski, Paul Manafort and Dan Scavino, Trump’s three most high-profile campaign lieutenants, embraced.
A woman behind a red velvet rope yelled, ‘Yes!’
Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee’s chairman, made the first official pronouncement – on Twitter – that the Grand Old Party was now the party of Trump.
‘@realDonaldTrump will be presumptive @GOP nominee, we all need to unite and focus on defeating @HillaryClinton #NeverClinton,’ Priebus tweeted as a phalanx of reporters and cameras awaited Trump’s grand entrance in the marble-coated entryway of his namesake skyscraper.
With more than a third of the vote counted, Trump was leading Cruz with 54 percent to 36 percent, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich trailing with just 8 percent of the vote.