Truth be told, hard to believe. The whole Trump race is hard to believe. At this point, I suspect a lot of "frontrunners" are just well, "frontrunning" for Trump.
Ted Cruz, the insurgent Texan whose presidential campaign was fueled by disdain for Washington, dropped out of the 2016 race Tuesday night, removing the last major hurdle in Donald Trumps quest to become the Republican nominee for president.
Cruzs decision came after losing overwhelmingly to Trump in the Indiana primary, all but ensuring that real estate mogul will claim his partys mantle at the Republican National Convention in July.
The exit comes after a series of desperate moves to keep his candidacy afloat in recent weeks, including naming former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as his running mate in a bizarre announcement where Cruz spoke for a half hour and Fiorina sang to his young daughters.
In his last day on the campaign trail, Cruz unloaded on Trump, calling the businessman apathological liar and a narcissist who was proud of being a serial philanderer. The attacks were reminiscent of the broadsides Sen. Marco Rubio launched against Trump in the waning days of his own presidential campaign and a far cry from the lavish praise Cruz heaped on Trump for most of 2015, declaring, I like Donald Trump.
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks with supporters of fellow candidate Donald Trump at a campaign event outside The Mill in Marion, Ind., on Monday, May 2. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)
Cruzs campaign hit its zenith in February when he resoundingly won the Iowa caucuses, due in large part to months of cultivating grassroots support in the state. But it soon became a roller-coaster ride of crushing losses in states where Cruz expected to do well, including South Carolina and Georgia, followed by resounding wins in his home state of Texas and Wisconsin. Cruzs campaign used its grasp of the delegate process to beat Trump at state conventions where delegates were chosen, but it was not enough to overcome the businessmans tally and strength with the electorate.
The fact that Cruz remained one of the last candidates standing in a once-crowded field would have been viewed as improbable when he entered the race 14 months earlier. Cruz, the first major candidate to enter the race, is a first-term senator best known for getting under the skin of his Senate colleagues and championing controversial tactics to block the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He was painted as a long-shot underdog who was too religious and conservative to advance past the early nominating contests.
But his campaign had a meticulous strategy it planned to roll out over the year that followed, and it started working soon after he announced.
It is the time for truth. It is the time for liberty. It is the time to reclaim the Constitution of the United States, Cruz said during his campaign kickoff at Liberty University, which was
Ted Cruz drops out of the Republican presidential race