Indiana was the straw that broke the camel’s back for Ted Cruz and his campaign. After being defeated by Donald Trump in The Hoosier State, Cruz announced that he was ending his campaign on Tuesday evening. Trump is the only remaining candidate that is capable of clinching the nomination.
Until recently, Cruz was eager to take his campaign all the way to the Republican convention, but a series of losses in the Northeast and then Indiana left the candidate feeling as if there was no way forward.
Cruz reiterated his earlier promise to carry on his campaign as long as there was a “viable path to victory.” “Tonight I’m sorry to say it appears that path has been foreclosed,” he said Tuesday night.
From the start of his campaign, Cruz has based his candidacy on the notion that this year’s election would be driven by resentment toward the establishment. The Texas senator’s strategy appeared to be effective, with Cruz rising in the polls in 2015 and reaching the top tier in Iowa in 2016.
Cruz never made mention of the Republican presumptive nominee in his speech on Tuesday.
The candidate’s campaign took a turn for the worse in the final days before the race, with a string of negative press stories, including a confrontation with a Trump supporter and a series of harsh attacks on Trump.