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“With a heavy heart but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign,” said Ted Cruz on May 3rd, 2016. Speaking to his supporters on the heels of losing badly in the Indiana GOP Primary to Donald Trump, Ted Cruz did his best to convey optimism for his cause and movement. However, it was easy to spot the disappointment that tinged his voice and his family’s emotions. His final campaign speech capped off a stunning GOP primary – one that made Donald Trump the presumptive GOP nominee.
The days leading up to the primary in Indiana were anything but kind for Ted Cruz. Seemingly desperate for a win, Cruz tried everything in his playbook. Coming first was a poorly choreographed and executed alliance with John Kasich — while Kasich stood down in Indiana, Cruz returned the favor in Oregon and New Mexico. Next was his naming of Carly Fiorina as his running mate, which was teased by the media. With the addition of a tepid endorsement from Mike Pence — the Governor of Indiana, who spent equal time praising Donald Trump and the former speaker of the house –and with John Boehner’s calling the Senator “Lucifer in the Flesh,” the writing was on the wall for Cruz. He was defeated badly in a state that he was winning just six weeks ago.
Ted Cruz’s conservative principles and attempts to portray himself as an outsider were neither appealing nor sufficiently convincing to a Republican primary electorate that was making a statement against Republican establishment, free trade agreements, immigration policies and political correctness – regardless of the consequences. In the five New England States and New York that had primaries (Maine had a caucus,) Cruz earned an average of 11.2% support. So, in New England and New York, Cruz’s brand of “Republicanism” was not well received. Based on these poll results, Cruz probably did not enjoy the broad support on our school’s campus. Ultimately, Cruz joined a long list of sitting U.S. Senators and current and past Governors who were defeated by Donald Trump.
In an odd quirk, the democratic primary was supposed to wrap up in May, with the GOP primary ending in a contested convention this summer. As most media outlets and news pundits report that Hillary Clinton will prevail as the Democratic nominee and discuss a Trump-Hillary matchup, the nation is starting to buckle in for what could be the nastiest general election in political history.