Republican Kasich and Cruz Drop Out; Trump Presumptive Nominee

By: Abby Shapiro

Attrition has narrowed the field to only one.

Republicans, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, have dropped out of the race to the Republican Presidential Nomination. Donald J. Trump is therefore the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party.

Kasich dropped out on May 4, 2016 and Cruz dropped out on May 3, 2016.

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2014, file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich delivers his State of the State address at the Medina Performing Arts Center in Medina, Ohio. Kasich, currently seeking the Republican Presidential Nomination, has scheduled a State of the State speech on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at the Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta, Ohio, after March primaries in Ohio and Super Tuesday states, his spokesman Joe Andrews said Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

FILE – In this Feb. 24, 2014, file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich delivers his State of the State address at the Medina Performing Arts Center in Medina, Ohio. Kasich, currently seeking the Republican Presidential Nomination, has scheduled a State of the State speech on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at the Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta, Ohio, after March primaries in Ohio and Super Tuesday states, his spokesman Joe Andrews said Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

According to Politico, after Trump won the primary in Indiana, Cruz said, “We left it all on the field in Indiana. 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.”

Kasich had 153 delegates, and Cruz had 565 delegates.

Therefore, the race to the nomination is over. Trump has snatched the Republican nomination with a whopping 1,047 delegates as of May 4, 2016.

According to CNN, Kasich said, “I have always said that the Lord has a purpose for me as he has for everyone. And as I suspend my campaign today, I have renewed faith, deeper faith, that the Lord will show me the way forward, and fulfill the purpose of my life.” Kasich suspended his campaign the day after his loss to Trump and Cruz in Indiana.

Although the race to the nomination for Cruz and Kasich is over, the two republicans still have plans on what they want to do for the future. According to the New York Times, Cruz is scheduled to be in D.C. very soon to possibly come back to the senate. But, no one has heard from him recently.

In response to Kasich dropping out of the race, according to CNN, Trump said, “I think John is doing the right thing.” Trump also said he will be acting more “presidential” after he defeats his Republican opponents, which he has succeeded in doing.

Kasich suspended his campaign which raised $29.3 million, and Cruz suspended his campaign which raised $141.87 million. Trump earned $1.9 million in free media coverage according to HuffPost.  Kasich spent $14 million on ads, and Cruz spent $22 million. Trump spent $10 million.

Since Trump is the last standing Republican nominee for the presidential election in November, now, the only obstacles standing between him and the presidency are democrats Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.