U.S. Republican front-runner Donald Trump scores an important victory over rival Ted Cruz in Indiana, a win that moves him close to being unstoppable in his march to the party’s presidential nomination. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Trump wins big in Indiana, with a clear path as Cruz quits
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STORY: U.S. Republican front-runner Donald Trump swept to a commanding victory in Indiana on Tuesday (May 3), putting him on a glide path to the party’s presidential nomination as Ted Cruz finally ended his campaign.
The New York billionaire won decisively in a state where Cruz, his nearest rival, had hoped to show he was still a factor in the race for the Republican nomination.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called Trump the party’s presumptive nominee in a tweet and said, “We all need to unite and focus” on defeating Clinton.
As the vote returns flowed in, Cruz announced that he has ended his campaign at an event in Indianapolis, with his wife, Heidi, at his side. Cruz, 45, sounding beaten but defiant, said he no longer sees a viable path to the nomination.
Trump was on track to take over 50 percent of the vote. Ohio Governor John Kasich was running a distant third.