After a string of huge defeats in state primaries, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has suspended his campaign for the Republican nomination for president.
"From the beginning I've said that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory," Cruz announced on May 3, according to Politico. "Tonight I'm sorry to say it appears that path has been foreclosed."
Many saw Cruz, who had been closely trailing front-runner Donald Trump, as the candidate most likely to topple the real estate mogul's insurgent campaign, but after a series of losses in the Northeast, and most recently Indiana, Cruz stepped down with no mathematical possibility of winning enough delegates to overtake Trump or to stop him from winning the required 1,237 pledged delegates.
Cruz had recently made a pact with fellow GOP candidate Gov. John Kasich of Ohio to work together to stop Trump by urging supports to vote for whichever candidate was polling the best in each state. After winning big in April in Wisconsin and several other states, many voters expected Cruz to finish in the lead or close enough to Trump to ensure a contested convention, but Trump's big win in New York and other states started his recent winning streak that shut Cruz out.
"We left it all on the field in Indiana," Cruz said, according to CNN. "We gave it everything we've got but the voters chose another path. So with a heavy heart but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign."
The Texas legislator, a 45-year-old halfway through his first term in the Senate, gained a substantial following among Tea Party conservatives, evangelical Christians and other right-leaning voters, touting his lack of popularity with "establishment" leaders. But now that is campaign is over, most members of the GOP expect Trump to win the nomination without much trouble.
"@realDonaldTrump will be presumtive @GOP nominee, we all need to unite and focus on defeating @HillaryClinton," Republican Party leader Reince Preibus tweeted on May 4, accompanied by the hashtag #NeverClinton, according to CNN.