DONALD TRUMP has stormed to a certain victory after a resounding win in Indiana, and has been declared as the party´s ‘presumptive nominee.’
The race for the Republican presidential candidate is now clear-cut and rival Ted Cruz has admitted defeat. For Trump, there is now a clear path to the 1,237 delegates needed to claim his party crown.
This would mark a striking turnaround for the property mogul most didn´t take seriously when he first decided to launch his campaign last year, plus he has remained unpopular for many within the party.
Meanwhile, in the Democratic camp, Hilary Clinton didn´t fare so well in Indiana, with Bernie Sanders taking the lead. Overall, Sanders is still trailing behind, however, when looking at the delegate count.
He said: “Clinton’s campaign thinks this is over. They’re wrong.”
Trump´s opposition Ted Cruz and his advisors had targeted Indiana as the Texas senator´s best hope of stopping Mr Trump´s domination.
He told his supporters in Indiana: “We gave it everything we’ve got, but the voters chose another path.”
With the departure of Cruz, Trump is now ´presumptive Republican nominee,´ with plenty of state contests this month to reach the 1,237 delegates which are required to win. The Ohio governor John Kasich has said he will remain in the Republican race, but trails far behind Mr Trump in terms of delegates.
Trump said of the situation: “It is a beautiful thing to watch, and a beautiful thing to behold. We are going to make America great again.”
He went on to praise Mr Cruz as a “tough, smart competitor,” a sharp turnaround in tone after a day of mudslinging from each camp during the elections.