Turn out the lights, the party’s over. Ted Cruz and the #NeverTrump movement threw everything they had at Donald Trump in Indiana, and it wasn’t enough. It wasn’t even close to enough.
They outspent him by more than a million dollars. Mr Cruz practically took up residence in the state for the past two weeks. He named Carly Fiorina as his running mate. Nothing worked.
If there was a defining moment of the Indiana campaign, it was Mr Cruz’s fruitless attempt to reason with a group of pro-Trump supporters on Sunday.
Every argument he advanced was rebuffed. Every bit of evidence of Trump malfeasance was denied. Mr Cruz was shouting in the wind.
In the coming days there will be a great reckoning, as the party comes to terms with the prospect of Mr Trump as their standard bearer in the autumn. Some will make peace. Some will despair. Others will say “I’m with her” and reluctantly move to Hillary Clinton’s side.
It is now certain that Mr Trump will face Mrs Clinton in the autumn in the battle to succeed President Barack Obama, who will be leaving the White House after two terms.
US media reaction
- Donald Trump has humiliated those who had faith that the Republican leadership could stop him and proved that the party is full of bunglers akin to the cartoon character Homer Simpson,writes Stephen Stromberg in the Washington Post
- Ted Cruz did not offer any congratulations or support to Mr Trump, and did not even mention his name,Politico says, although he offered what it described as a veiled jab, saying that America was kind, “not boastful or mean-spirited”
- Mr Trump is well behind Hillary Clinton in national polls and is struggling to reunite voters who supported Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the 2012 election, says the New York Times
- The Huffington Post says that Bernie Sanders will benefit from Mr Cruz’s departure, as Mr Trump concentrates his fire on Mrs Clinton, who is forced to fight on two fronts, and news coverage focuses more on the Democratic race