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Sen. Ted Cruz drops out of presidential race

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
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Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has taken his hat out of the bid to be the next President of the United States on Tuesday evening.   

The conservative lost the primary in Indiana, leaving his nemesis Donald Trump to presumptively carry the ball the rest of the way for the GOP.

Although Trump still needs to lock in the 1,237 delegates to secure the nomination, now that Cruz is gone, there is really nothing standing in his way.

Cruz began his campaign thirteen months ago and promised to “defend the sanctity of human life and uphold the sacrament of marriage.”

His faith was the foundation on which his platform was built, “God’s blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation, and I believe God isn’t done with America yet,” he said at the onset of his campaign.

However his religious beliefs were no match for the decisive Indiana Republican primary victor Donald Trump, winning 53-percent of the vote by 10 pm EST with 4,321 of 5,374 precincts reporting.  

Cruz bid adieu in front of a sparse crowd of supporters in Indianapolis, saying his campaign gave it everything they had but voters took another path, "So with a heavy heart but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign," he said.

Cruz acknowledged that he had taken the campaign as far as it could go against Trump, “Tonight, I’m sorry to say, it appears that path has been foreclosed. Together, we left it all on the field in Indiana.”

Trump, in his victory speech applauded Cruz for his tenacity, "He is one tough competitor," He said. "He is a smart tough guy."