After Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas decided to pull out of the GOP presidential race on May 3, several religious right activists took the news hard.
RightWingWatch.org notes some of the sad reactions, including Robert P. George, the founder of the ant-gay National Organization for Marriage, who tweeted: "God help us."
Conservative radio host Steve Deace added: "Apparently @secupp has a #NeverTrump list to see who keeps their word to the end. You can sign my name in blood."
Russell Moore, who heads the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, tweeted: "Filling out paperwork for the kids' summer mission trip, but I keep writing in 'Ben Sasse' on all the blank lines..." He was referencing voting for Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse as a write-in candidate.
Bryan Fischer, radio host for American Family Radio, wrote: "Tonight is a bad night for Ted Cruz. But it is a terrible night for the United States, our children, and our grandchildren."
Fischer did hold out some hope: "43 states allow write-in votes for president. Does the write-in campaign for Ted Cruz start tomorrow?"
Fox News radio host and outspoken Christian Todd Starnes struck a darker tone: "Breaking News: Ted Cruz is ending his presidential bid. May God have mercy on our nation."
Starnes tried to keep hope alive in an article for FoxNews.com on May 4: "Conservatives took a sucker punch yesterday - but let not your heart be troubled, America."
"The sun still rose today. Lady Liberty’s torch still burns bright ..."And if we can survive eight years of President Obama, we can certainly survive a charlatan like Donald Trump ... But I'm fairly certain we could not survive four years of Hillary Clinton."
Penny Nance, the president of Concerned Women for America, told Breitbart News Radio on May 4 how she "promised herself a media blackout today" to "lick my wounds and try to recover," reports RightWingWatch.org.
"We are broken-hearted for the direction of our country, and you know, listen, I didn't support Donald Trump, I supported Ted Cruz, but we’ve got to come together," Nance said. "We are at a tipping point in this nation, and Hillary is not the answer."
Nance was asked what she would tell other conservative Republicans who supported GOP candidates other than the now presumed nominee, Donald Trump.
"There’s been a number of people in this race that I've really had a heart for and really felt like would be fantastic leaders and Donald Trump was not one of them.
"But I have no problem, because here’s the reality, folks, we only have two choices now. And it’s either going to be, and maybe it will be Bernie, but I think it will be Hillary, but it’s Donald Trump and it’s one or the other. And you can’t write in the third party."