ഇതോടെറിപ്പബ്ലിക്കന് പ്രസിഡന്റ് സ്ഥാനാര്ഥി ട്രമ്പ് എന്നു ഉറപ്പായി. 57 ഡെലിഗേറ്റുകളാണു ഇന്ത്യാനയില്.
ട്രമ്പിനു 53.5 ശതമാനം വോട്ടു കിട്ടി. സെനറ്റര് ടെഡ് ക്രൂസിനു് 35.1 ശതമാനവും ഒഹായോ ഗവര്ണര് ജോണ് കേസിക്കിനു 8.6 ശതമാനവുമാണു വോട്ട്.
ഡെമോക്രാറ്റിക് പാര്ട്ടിയില് ഹിലരി ക്ലിന്റണ്സെനറ്റര് ബെര്ണി സാന്ഡേഴ്സിനോടു പരാജയപ്പെട്ടു. സാന്ഡേഴ്സിനു 53.1 ശതമാനം വോട്ടു കിട്ടിയപ്പോള് ഹിലരിക്കു 46.9 ശതമാനമാണു ലഭിച്ചത്.
പക്ഷെ ഇതു കൊണ്ട് സ്ഥനാര്ഥിത്വം നേടാനുള്ള ഹിലരിയുടെ സാധ്യതക്കു പ്രശ്നമൊന്നുമില്ല. ഇതിനകം നല്ലൊരു പങ്ക് ഡെലിഗേറ്റുകള് അവരേ അനുകൂലിക്കുന്നവരാണു.
Trump wins big in Indiana as Cruz drops out of presidential race
Washington, May 4 (IANS) New York billionaire Donald Trump on Tuesday won the crucial Republican primary held in the mid-western US state of Indiana, while Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz bowed out of the race after his defeat in the GOP's primary.
Trump's big win has increased his likelihood of clinching the party's presidential nomination outright, while Cruz's defeat delivered a heavy blow to Republicans currently eyeing a contested convention this summer to snatch the party's nomination from Trump.
If Trump secures the Republican Party's nomination, he will be the first major-party nominee who has not served in elected office since Dwight Eisenhower in 1952.
Eisenhower was a five-star general and the commander of Allied Forces in Europe during World War II.
By 8.00 p.m. (local time), one hour after the poll closed, partial results showed Trump had won 53 percent of the vote, almost 20 points ahead of Cruz.
The victory in Indiana will make Trump's total delegate count exceed 1,000 with the likely prospect of reaching the magic number of 1,237 needed to avoid a contested party convention and dashing hopes for the anti-Trump movement to deny the real estate mogul the nomination.
Cruz at a rally in Indiana said: "From the beginning, I've said I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory."
"Tonight, I'm sorry to say it appears that the path has been foreclosed."
Though Cruz had already been mathematically eliminated from reaching the 1,237 delegates required to win the nomination on the first ballot at July's GOP convention before Tuesday's Indiana primary.
Cruz and the anti-Trump movement within the party had for long hoped to prevent the front-runner from getting the 1,237 delegates and create a contested convention where other candidates might get nominated after the first round of voting.
However, after the suspension of Cruz's candidacy, there left no doubt that Trump would be the GOP's presumptive presidential nominee.
The once crowded Republican field has dwindled. Despite his flagging campaign and winning only one contest, Ohio Governor John Kasich made it clear on Tuesday that he would stay in the race.
However, the Kasich campaign's hope to force Trump into a contested convention in July became dimmer after the New York billionaire's sweeping victory.
With his big win in Indiana, Trump is guaranteed at least 30 of the state's 57 delegates up for grabs.
However, Trump is unlikely to formally clinch the nomination until June 7, when California and five other states vote and a total of 303 delegate will be up for grabs.
In order to win the GOP nomination, a candidate must win 1,237 delegates. Trump entered the contest on Tuesday with 956 pledged delegates and another 41 unpledged ones, while Kasich, his only rival now, had only 153.
On the Democratic side, Senator Bernie Sanders of
Mrs. Clinton holds a large enough lead in delegates that she
is all but certain to claim the Democratic nomination.
Cruz announces campaign suspension
“From the beginning, I’ve said that I would continue on as
long as there was a viable path to victory. Tonight, I’m sorry to say, it
appears that path has been foreclosed. Together, we left it all on the field in
And so with a heavy heart, but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign.
Cruz pledged to continue his fight for "liberty" and Republican values.
Donald J. Trump became the presumptive Republican
presidential nominee on Tuesday with a landslide win in
Mr. Cruz had pinned his hopes on
But Mr. Trump, after obliterating his rivals in five states in the Northeastlast week, held a strong polling lead in the state, which had 57 delegates up for grabs. His victory put him in a commanding position to clinch the nomination on June 7, when the last Republican contests are held.
Mr. Trump’s victory was an extraordinary moment in American
political history: He is on course to be the first standard-bearer of a party
who has not served in elected office since Dwight D. Eisenhower, a five-star
general and the commander of Allied Forces in
Mr. Trump, a real estate tycoon turned reality television celebrity, was not a registered Republican until April 2012. He has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democrats, including his likely general election opponent, Mrs. Clinton. And, at various points in his life, he has held positions antithetical to Republican orthodoxy on almost every major issue in the conservative canon, including abortion, taxes and gun control.
But none of this stopped him from driving nearly every other Republican from the race for the nomination. With his ability to speak to the anxieties of voters, and his shrewd use of celebrity and memorable put-downs, he systematically undercut veteran politicians in a field of candidates that many in the party had hailed as the strongest in at least three decades. And he did so while spending far less money than most of his rivals and employing only a skeletal campaign staff.
“It is extremely extraordinary that Trump will be the
nominee for the G.O.P. this year — who saw this coming?” said Dewey M. Clayton,
a professor of political science at the
As remarkable as Mr. Trump’s achievement is, his expected nomination also poses undeniable peril to the party he is poised to lead. Republican leaders, few of whom have fully embraced his candidacy, are watching him with great trepidation, for good reason.
Mr. Trump starts the general election campaign with a still-unfurling roll of incendiary proposals and provocations that are the stuff of dreams for opposition researchers. He made his name in the last presidential campaign as the country’s most prominent birther, fueling debunked conspiracy theories that President Obama was not born in America; he has used hostile language about Hispanics, suggesting that Mexican migrants are rapists and murderers; and he has not backed off his proposal to ban all foreign Muslims from entering the United States, effectively creating a religious test for immigrants.