Cruz Quits Race After Crushing Defeat In Indiana

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ended his presidential campaign after losing the Indiana primary to Donald Trump.

The Cruz campaign bet big on Indiana, and suffered a crushing loss. He canvassed Indiana in the days leading up to the Hoosier State's primary akin to how he barnstormed Iowa. Cruz overcame late polls to defeat Trump in Iowa's caucus, but Trump prevailed in Indiana's open primary.

Cruz pulled out all the stops for Indiana, but it wasn't enough.

Republican strategists had already begun counting Cruz out, however. Ford O'Connell, a veteran of the McCain-Palin campaign, said if Trump wins Indiana, there would be no stopping him.

"If he wins Indiana, it's a huge psychological dagger for Cruz and it shows that Trump now has momentum more than in just certain geographical locations," O'Connell said. "And if he has that, even though the rest of May is very hard for Trump and favors Cruz, like in Nebraska, it just seems that a third of the party, the more moderate folks, are sort of coming around to the idea that Trump's going to be the nominee."

Read more from Ryan Lovelace at The Washington Examiner

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