Billionaire businessman Donald Trump is the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee for president after his rival Senator Ted Cruz dropped out of the race. Senator Cruz announced he was suspending his campaign after a heavy defeat in the Indiana primary.
In the Democratic Party, Senator Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton by a narrow margin, and she still retains a sizeable pledged delegates lead. Sanders’ chance of winning the nomination remains possible, but improbable.
Trump scored a resounding victory in Indiana – the latest state to hold a primary election to select nominees to contest the US Presidential election.
Cruz, his closest rival, announced he was dropping out of the race “with a heavy heart”, saying that he “no longer saw a viable path to victory”.
Trump later described Senator Cruz as a “tough, smart competitor” and appealed to his supporters to join him to bring unity to the party.
Trump is now the presumptive nominee, he still needs a simple majority of delegates to vote for him at the convention in July.
The only other Republican left in the race, Ohio Governor John Kasich, pledged to continue his campaign for the nomination.