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By Hannah O’Koon, Beacon Academy

After losing the Indiana primary on Tuesday, Donald Trump’s competitors Ted Cruz and John Kasich dropped out within 24 hours of each other. Many voters saw this move as inevitable, given the amount of traction the Trump campaign has gained in the past few months. Others are angry that Cruz and Kasich dropped out, because the Republican Party is now completely fractured by Donald Trump’s candidacy. Additionally, Republicans who oppose Trump have very few options left after Cruz and Kasich ended their campaigns.

Many feel that John Kasich’s dropout was long overdue. Having only won his home state of Ohio, Kasich clearly had very slim chances at winning the nomination, unless the Republicans went to a contested convention in Cleveland. However, this looked less and less likely as Donald Trump continued to win primaries. Many voters argue that Kasich was never aggressive enough towards his opponents, which is why his campaign never gained traction. Similarly, Kasich is considered a moderate, especially in this election when his competition was Ted Cruz, one of the most conservative members of the Senate. In fact, many believed that Kasich shared many messages that were similar to the Democratic candidates, which was another problem with his campaign. After ending his campaign, Kasich opted to keep his delegates, in order to try to stop Trump, which is looking very unlikely.

After losing the must-win state of Indiana to Donald Trump, it was evident that Ted Cruz would end his presidential bid. Although he was extremely conservative, many considered him to be a better choice than Trump, especially because he has held public office. As Trump’s closest competition, Cruz ending his campaign can be seen as a shock to those who oppose Trump. Having won 11 states in the primaries, the Cruz campaign was confident that they could beat Trump. After losing Indiana, where he once led in the polls by 15 points, it was clear that Ted Cruz could not beat Donald Trump. Many Republicans who strongly oppose Trump had backed Cruz, such as Carly Fiorina and Lindsey Graham. In fact, Cruz picked Fiorina as his running mate in a final effort to win over voters before Indiana. Cruz, like Kasich, still has his delegates despite ending his campaign.

Hillary Clinton, Democratic front-runner, is trying to use Sen. Cruz and Gov. Kasich’s failed presidential bids to her advantage. She hopes to draw in some new voters who had once supported either Cruz or Kasich. Kasich supporters are more likely to support Clinton, given that he was seen as a moderate Republican, and he expressed some similar opinions to Clinton. Securing these extra voters could help Clinton win the Democratic nomination. Currently, she is locked in a tight race with Bernie Sanders. The next few primaries coming up are states that Sanders has a very good shot at winning, and these extra voters could really help Clinton. However, many of these voters will turn to Donald Trump because he is a Republican.

After his big win in Indiana, Donald Trump has reached over 1,000 delegates, and he is close to the 1,237 delegates needed to officially secure the nomination. Now, with no competitors left actively campaigning, many assume that Donald Trump is the Republican nominee. With only less than 10 primaries remaining, Donald Trump is trying to appeal to the masses and has turned his attention to the general election.

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