Senator Bernie Sanders’ upset victory in Indiana may have nicked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations, but Senator Ted Cruz’s big loss against billionaire businessman Donald Trump led him to drop out of the race entirely.
With 73 percent of precincts reporting, Sanders has been declared the winner, leading Clinton 53.2 to 46.8 percent, according to Associated Press.
With 5 percent of precincts reporting, Trump was declared the winner with 54.2 percent, compared to Cruz with 32.8 percent and Kasich with 10 percent, according to AP.
“Thank you to each of you, incredible patriots who have fought so hard to save this nation,” Cruz told supporters in Indianapolis Tuesday night. “What you have done, the movement that you have started, is extraordinary. I love each and every one of you. From the beginning I’ve said I would carry on as long as there was a viable path to victory. Tonight I’m sorry to say that path is closed.”
So far, there is no word on whether Kasich will drop out of the race.
Trump tweeted minutes after he was declared the winner, “Wow, Lyin’ Ted Cruz really went wacko today. Made all sorts of crazy charges. Can’t function under pressure – not very presidential. Sad!”
“We had a tremendous victory tonight. It was a tremendous victory,” Trump told supporters at Trump Towers in New York City.
“We are going after Hillary Clinton,” Trump added. “She will not be a great president. She will not be a good president. She will be a poor president.”
“A lot has happened in the last year. As of today, we have now won 17 primaries and caucuses. We have received some 9 million votes. When we started this campaign we were 60 points behind,” Sanders told supporters Tuesday night in Louisville, Kentucky, where a Democratic primary will be held on May 17.