After a major defeat in Indiana, the Senator’s run for the White House was put to an end.
Ted Cruz dropped out of the presidential race on Tuesday night, ending one of the best-organized campaigns of 2016 after a series of stinging defeats left Donald Trump as the only candidate capable of clinching the nomination outright.
Cruz had appeared eager to go all the way to Cleveland to contest the Republican convention, but a string of massive losses in the Northeast and his subsequent defeat in Indiana convinced his team there was no way forward.
“From the beginning I’ve said that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory,” Cruz said, with his wife Heidi by his side. “Tonight I’m sorry to say it appears that path has been foreclosed.”
“With a heavy heart but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign.”
From the start, Cruz had premised his candidacy on the idea that 2016 would be an election driven by resentment toward the established GOP order. It was a strategy that looked prescient as Cruz steadily rose in the polls throughout 2015 and broke into the top tier in Iowa in early 2016.
But what Cruz did not expect is that he would be outmatched in outsider anger by Trump. Cruz had maintained a fragile truce with Trump all of last year, but by the time he turned on the front-runner, the Manhattan businessman had already captured the voters Cruz was hoping would fuel his candidacy.
As he bowed out, Cruz did not even mention the presumptive nominee.
“The challenges we face today remain as great as ever,” Cruz told his supporters as he suspended the campaign. “Americans are deeply frustrated and desperately want to change the path that we’re on.”
Campaign Manager Jeff Roe stood alone in the back of the room, watching Cruz speak. Chad Sweet, Cruz’s campaign chairman, quickly walked by a table of reporters with a sober expression moments before Cruz’s speech, and left immediately after. Others stared at their phones.
Ted Cruz ends campaign by accidentally hitting, elbowing his wife in the face pic.twitter.com/epO1tzKgTT
— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) May 4, 2016