Fox News reports John Kasich to drop out of race, making Trump presumptive nominee.
Real estate mogul Donald Trump essentially clinched the Republican nomination for President Tuesday night after a convincing victory in the Indiana GOP primary, which led to his main rival, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to drop his Presidential bid. While Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) remains in the race, most analysts, and even the Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus, see the race as all but over.
Trump, whose campaign was thought to have been a side distraction at the beginning, roared forward since his announcement in June 2015 in Trump Tower in New York City. Trump managed to form a coalition that propelled him past former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) to become the Republican frontrunner. Trump's string of early victories in states such as New Hampshire and South Carolina gave him the momentum going forward to continue winning states and delegates, culminating in his resounding victory in his home state of New York, where he swept nearly all the delegates.
|Donald Trump, flanked by his family, declares victory|
in the Indiana primary and essentially in the GOP primary
Credit: Damon Winter/New York Times
Kasich has vowed to remain in the race at least until Trump cliched 1,237 pledged delegates, the number he needs to formally claim the title of presumptive nominee.
Trump celebrated his win Tuesday and went after likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, saying, “We’re going after Hillary Clinton. She will not be a great president. She will not be a good president. She will be a poor president." Trump also praised Cruz, saying, "He is a tough, smart guy. And he has got an amazing future.”
According to the Real Clear Politics aggregate polling data, Clinton currently leads Trump by 6.5%.