US election: Ted Cruz pulls out of Republican race

gty_ted_cruz_jc_150206_16x9_992BBC News – Ted Cruz has announced he is ending his campaign for the US Republican presidential nomination, after losing heavily to Donald Trump in the Indiana primary.

Mr Trump, a New York businessman who is unpopular with many in his own party, is almost certain to be the nominee.

Earlier, Mr Cruz called Mr Trump a “liar” who was unfit to be president.

In the Democratic battle, Bernie Sanders is projected to beat Hillary Clinton in Indiana.

He trails Mrs Clinton in the all-important delegate count but after this victory he told Associated Press news agency: “Clinton campaign thinks this campaign is over. They’re wrong.”

Mr Cruz’s advisers had targeted Indiana as the senator’s best hope of halting Mr Trump’s march to the nomination.

“We gave it everything we’ve got, but the voters chose another path,” he told supporters in Indiana.

Turn out the lights, the party’s over. Ted Cruz and the #NeverTrump movement threw everything they had at Donald Trump in Indiana, and it wasn’t enough. It wasn’t even close to enough.

They outspent him by more than a million dollars. Mr Cruz practically took up residence in the state for the past two weeks. He named Carly Fiorina as his running mate. Nothing worked.

If there was a defining moment of the Indiana campaign, it was Mr Cruz’s fruitless attempt to reason with a group of pro-Trump supporters on Sunday.

Every argument he advanced was rebuffed. Every bit of evidence of Trump malfeasance was denied. Mr Cruz was shouting in the wind.

In the coming days there will be a great reckoning, as the party comes to terms with the prospect of Mr Trump as their standard bearer in the autumn. Some will make peace. Some will despair. Others will say “I’m with her” and reluctantly move to Hillary Clinton’s side.

It will be an unprecedented spectacle in modern US political history.

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