Shortly after Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas announced that he was suspending his 2016 GOP presidential campaign following disappointing results in Indiana, Ohio Gov. John Kasich issued his own announcement.
"Tonight's results are not going to alter Gov. Kasich's campaign plans," said John Weaver, Kasich's chief strategist. "Our strategy has been and continues to be one that involves winning the nomination at an open convention."
Both announcements came on the heels of multiple news organizations reporting that Cruz and Kasich had been soundly defeated by Donald Trump in the Indiana GOP primary.
According to CNN:
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With 69% of the vote in at 8:50 p.m. ET, Trump was in the lead with 52.7% of the vote while Cruz was at 36.9%. Kasich was at 7.8%.
Cruz made his rationale for the campaign suspension very clear: He no longer had a viable path to the nomination.
"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," he admitted. "The voters chose another path, and so with a heavy heart, but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign."