Cruz and Kasich Drop Out of the Race



Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, left, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Gov. John Kasich during the GOP presidential primary debate at the University of Miami’s Bank United Center in Coral Gables, Fla., on Thursday, March 10, 2016. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Bonnie Praphatphong, Staff Writer

Days after the 2016 Indiana Primary both Ted Cruz and John Kasich have withdrawn from the 2016 Presidential Race.

The most recent primary was the straw that broke the camel’s back. After Donald Trump took home nearly 40% (38.8% of/556,916 votes, 54 delegates) the chances of gaining enough Republican voters or delegates became slim.

Both nominees dropped out on different days after results from the primary came out. Surprisingly,  Cruz was the first to end or in his words “suspending” his campaign  on Tuesday,  May 3,2016. Kasich made an official announcement on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 that he would leave the race.

Here is a breakdown of each candidates’ campaign in the 2016Presidential Race:

Ted Cruz 

Ted Cruz was the strongest front runner against Trump during the race. Dubbed as the right-wing conservative from Texas, Cruz gained most of his voters from conservative states.

However, in his case 2nd place is first loser in this bid for the Republican Party’s nominee. There was not enough momentum for him to surpass Trump in the number of delegates (Trump 1,053, Cruz 565).For Cruz it was not enough, even after, announcing that he and Kasich would join forces to stop the Trump brigade.

On Tuesday night he made it official stating, “We left it all on the field in Indiana. We gave it everything we’ve got but the voters chose another path,” Cruz said.

The path chosen to many Republicans is to, “Make America Great Again.” Trump needs less then two-hundred delegates to become the official Republican Party nominee.  For Cruz the possibility for a contested convention in the summer was possible, but not likely.

“So with a heavy heart but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of out nation, we are suspending our campaign.”

Cruz failed to unite and win all the conservative state. Then, he became the center of bad publicity with the war of wives, “Lyin’ Ted” Trump campaign, and odd resemblance to the Zodiac Killer.

His race for president may be over, but this is not the end of Cruz, stating,“Our movement will continue, and I give you my word that I will continue this fight with all of my strength and all of my ability.”

John Kasich 

Governor of Ohio John Kasich dropped out of the race the day after Cruz.

In a smaller setting in front of reporters and voters in Columbus,Ohio,  Kasich proclaimed his faith.

“And as I suspend my campaign today,” said Kasich. “I have renewed faith, deeper faith, that the Lord will show me the way forward, and fulfill the purpose of my life.”

Unfortunately, there was no chance of Kasich to become the nominee as he only had 156 delegates and one state under his belt.

In contrast to Trump, Kasich played Mr. Nice Guy and in this race someone desperately needed to stand up to the bully and stop playing nice.

Fingers-crossed that Kasich does not get caught up in the cult-like mania of Trump’s campaign. Failed candidates like Ben Carson and Chris Christie have looked to Trump in hopes for a position or job in the Republican nominee’s campaign.

Donald Trump is now the only running Republican candidate in the race for President.