U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Tuesday bowed out of the race after his defeat in the GOP’s Indiana primary.
The move delivers a heavy blow to Republicans currently eyeing a contested convention this summer to snatch the party’s nomination from Donald Trump.
After the suspension of Cruz’s candidacy, there left no doubt that Trump, the New York billionaire developer, would be the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee.
With his big win in Indiana, Trump is guaranteed at least 30 of the state’s 57 delegates up for grabs, pushing his delegate count over the1,000 threshold.
However, Trump is unlikely to formally clinch the nomination until June 7, when California and five other states vote and a total of 303 delegate will be up for grabs.
In order to win the GOP nomination, a candidate must win 1,237 delegates. Trump entered the contest on Tuesday with 956 pledged delegates and another 41 unpledged ones.