Ted Cruz Ends 2016 Presidential Campaign


Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ended his presidential campaign on Tuesday after failing to top Donald Trump in the Indiana Republican primary.

“From the beginning, I’ve said that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory,” Cruz told supporters at an election night rally in Indianapolis. “Tonight, I’m sorry to say it appears that path has been foreclosed.”

A surprised crowd gasped and booed as Cruz made the announcement.

“Together we left it all on the field in Indiana,” Cruz said. “We gave it everything we got. But the voters chose another path.”

NBC News projects Cruz will finish second in the Hoosier State, well behind Trump in a state that was crucial for Cruz to win in order to prevent Trump from gaining the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the presidential nomination.

Trump’s commanding victory is projected to deliver him well over 40 delegates, making it unlikely the front runner fails in getting a majority of the delegates.

In the final weeks of his campaign, Cruz made a number of unconventional moves in the hopes of bolstering a campaign that was running well behind Trump in the polls. He and Ohio Gov. John Kasich entered into an informal pact, each announcing they would not compete in states where the other was running closer to Trump.


GOP 2016

The First GOP Candidate to Announce for President

Ted Cruz is the first candidate officially running for president in 2016.

“I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support!” Cruz announced on Twitter early Monday, a teaser to his official announcement planned at Liberty University in Virginia Monday.

“I believe in America and her people, and I believe we can stand up and restore our promise,” the Texas Republican said in video released with his tweet. “It’s going to take a new generation of courageous conservatives to help make America great again, and I’m ready to stand with you to lead the fight.”

Cruz is the first White House hopeful to announce his run, bypassing launching an exploratory committee and jumping right into the race.

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