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Trump set for Republican nomination as Cruz pulls out

Texas senator quits presidential race after losing to Donald Trump in Indiana while Bernie Sanders beats Hillary Clinton

CNN reports: Donald Trump has become the US Republican presidential nominee in all, but name after victory in Indiana forced rival Ted Cruz from the race. Mr. Trump, unpopular with many in his own party, now has a clear path to the 1,237 delegates needed to claim his party's crown. That would mark a stunning victory for a businessman few took seriously when he launched his campaign last year.

Bernie Sanders has defeated Hillary Clinton in Indiana's Democratic race. He trails Mrs. Clinton in the all-important delegate count but after this victory, he said the contest was still alive.

Although Cruz’s campaigners hoped the Senator’s victory in Indiana would halt Donald Trump’s victorious march to the nomination, the voters chose another path," Cruz told supporters in Indiana.

Cruz’s loss now opened a way for Mr. Trump, who happens to be a first nominee since Dwight Eisenhower in 1952 without any previous experience of elected office. Trump is highly anticipated to get the needed 1,237 delegates and to win the Republican nomination. John Kasich. Who now is the last Trump’s party contender, trails far behind in terms of delegates despite vowing to remain in the race.

BBC’s Anthony Zurcher continues: “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.”

An unprecedented spectacle is expected to unravel in autumn when the party and the voters will finally recognize Mr. Trump as their standard bearer; some will make peace, some will despair, and others will probably move to Clinton’s side.

“It is now increasingly likely that Mr. Trump will face Mrs. Clinton in the autumn in the battle to succeed President Barack Obama, who will be leaving the White House after two terms.

But Republicans have expressed reservations about Mr. Trump's outspoken remarks, which have offended women and Hispanics.

There are also concerns about some of his policies on immigration and national security, like building a wall on the southern US border paid for by Mexico, a ban on Muslims coming to the US and the killing of the families of terrorists,” concludes the author of the article.

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

EXPERT OPINION

Joshua Tartakovsky

The pundits are at loss at explaining Trump’s triumph after dismissing him early. Two common claims made are that Trump got more media time than other candidates and that voters in Indiana voted for him since he had the most votes anyway. But actually, the mainstream corporate media constantly presented Trump in a negative light who made no sense and was irrational. CNN would often run false claims arguing that Trump is quitting the race. But, in fact, voters knew better. In Trump they see a reliable candidate who cares for them and speaks from the heart on his plans to protect American workers and provide jobs, not one who sold out to corporation. Ted Cruz spoke eloquently, but he did not strike people to be as sincere as Trump nor as capable. As for the argument that people decided to give him a chance due to kindness, the entire Republican elite turned against Trump and pundits constantly warned about the dangers of a Trump victory.  Voters, however, knew better simply since they are suffering from the economic crisis and have nothing to lose. Americans are tired of the lies of the establishment.

Earlier, there was a growing speculation that Cruz will manage to steal delegates away from Trump. But while I feared this undemocratic measure would happen, Trump has been winning the popular vote in a big way and Cruz could not stop the tsunami. Now delegates will be forced to vote for Trump even though they think he may not be good for the party, since they cannot stand in opposition to the popular will. They are probably also pragmatic and realize it is the party’s best chance to return to power. The funny thing is that the New York Times seemed to hope that delegates will vote against Trump, although this is a clearly undemocratic act running against the popular will. Democracy is winning.

On a side note, we also have a short period of grace now in which both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump will attack Hillary. With Sanders gaining a growing number of Independents we are reaching that promising moment where the center cannot hold. 

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