U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas abandoned his once-promising bid for the presidency of the United State in the aftermath of a crushing defeat in the Indiana “Republican” primary on Tuesday night.
Cruz’s seismic defeat in the Hoosier State at the hands of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump came after a series of desperate bids to blunt the frontrunner’s late-breaking momentum.
He’ll obviously never get to make that choice for real, now …
Cruz’s decision was no doubt motivated by Trump’s dominating Indiana win and the delegates it earned him – which means the billionaire real estate mogul is now all but assured of capturing the 1,237 delegates necessary to win the GOP nomination on the first ballot.
Cruz’s campaign had been focusing its attention on winning individual delegates in the hopes of capturing the nomination of this badly-fractured party on the third ballot at a contested national convention in Cleveland, Ohio this summer.
Now that he’s out of the race, will Cruz be supporting his party’s nominee?
Um … no.
After a lengthy “bromance” with Trump in the early stages of the 2016 race, Cruz sparred bitterly with his front-running rival as the calendar closed in on the first primary races. Criticism quickly turned to contempt as the primary process wore on, and by the time Cruz confronted his Waterloo in Indiana he was practically foaming at the mouth against Trump.