Trump set for Republican nomination as Cruz pulls out
Written by Morenike Adebayo on May 4, 2016
Donald Trump has become the US Republican presidential nominee in all but name after victory in Indiana forced rival Ted Cruz from the race. Trump, who is unpopular with many in his own party, now has a clear path to the one thousand, two hundred and thirty-seven delegates needed to claim his party’s crown.
That would mark a stunning victory for a businessman few took seriously when he launched his campaign last year.
Trump’s immediate challenge is to unite deep fissures within the Republican Party as many party loyalists are appalled at his bullying style, his treatment of women and his signature proposals to build a wall on the border with Mexico and deport eleven million illegal immigrants.
Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders has defeated Hillary Clinton in Indiana’s Democratic race. He trails Clinton in the all-important delegate count but after this victory he said the contest is still alive, although Clinton remain well ahead in the overall delegate battle for the nomination.