Donald Trump won the Indiana primary today virtually sealing his bid for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Trump maintained a 20 % lead over his closest opponent, Ted Cruz from the moment a fraction of the poll results were released and never lost that edge. The major concern of voters according to exit polls was to throw out the so-called establishment wing of the party and concerns about loss of jobs.
Ted Cruz took the stage in Indianapolis following the crushing news of his defeat and said he was dropping out of the race.
Trump won 30 of the state’s delegates by winning the popular vote and all of 27 congressional delegates bringing his total number of delegates to 1,053– he needs 1,237 to clinch the nomination (Cruz may end up winning one of these districts). The math shows that he will earn the magic number before the National Republican Convention in Cleveland on July 18th. He is currently running ahead of Cruz by 15 percentage points in the California primary on June 7th.
Pundits have been saying for weeks that Indiana was a tailor-made state for Cruz much like Wisconsin was. Evangelists, a constituency widely believed to be mostly supportive of Cruz, split their votes between him and Trump. The Republican contest also produced a staggering number of voters when compared to the Democrats– nearly 45% more voters in all.