Trump A Virtual Certainty After Cruz, Kasich Departure
Cruz is out. Kasich is now out. Who does that leave? Trump.
Indiana was supposed to be the final battleground state between Trump and Cruz. Cruz had pulled out of campaigning in all of the other states and had focused exclusively on one goal: beating Donald Trump.
Trump got mad about that, and then came out and won all of Indiana's delegates--57 of them.
As the inevitability of a Trump versus Hillary presidential campaign struck people across the nation, several big names made statements.
Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, said that it's time to acknowledge Trump as the "presumptive" Republican candidate.
"@realDonaldTrump will be presumptive @GOP nominee, we all need to unite and focus on defeating @HillaryClinton #NeverClinton," Priebus tweeted out following Indiana's results.
Cruz, in his announcement of suspending his campaign, said that the voters had chosen a different path.
"We gave it all we got. But the voters chose another path. We are suspending our campaign. But hear me now I am not suspending our fight for liberty."
On the other side of the political spectrum, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton winning over 52 percent of the popular vote. Sanders, however, is fighting the same uphill battle that Cruz and Kasich were. It's almost unthinkable of him having the power to usurp Hillary--barring action on the email scandal from the FBI.
Trump, for his part, was cool and calm during his victory speech. He praised Cruz, calling him "one tough, smart guy."
However, with the announcement that Trump is the likely Republican candidate, people all across the country are facing a dilemma. Would they rather vote for Hillary or Trump?
For establishment Republicans, the answer may well be Hillary. However, from Priebus's pointed hashtag #NeverHillary, it's clear what path the Republican party leadership will take.
For the rest of us, the next few months of deciding and voting will be very tough.