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Trump becomes presumptive Republican presidential nominee as party seeks unity

By Teresa Welsh

twelsh@mcclatchy.com

Cruz abruptly out, leaving Trump the unofficial GOP nominee

After losing Indiana to Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz withdrew from the race for Republican nominee for President of the United States. While Governor John Kasich remains, Donald Trump now has an unimpeded path to the nomination and will likely f
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After losing Indiana to Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz withdrew from the race for Republican nominee for President of the United States. While Governor John Kasich remains, Donald Trump now has an unimpeded path to the nomination and will likely f

After months of denial that their presidential candidate could be Donald Trump, the Republican establishment is starting to fall in line behind the billionaire businessman.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus tweeted Tuesday evening:

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, dropped out of the race Tuesday following a loss in the Indiana primary that gave Trump an all but certain path to the nomination.

Trump is the first presumptive nominee for the presidency who hasn’t previously held elected office since Dwight Eisenhower. His lack of political experience and bombastic style have polarized the party.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R- S.C., who himself ran for the nomination but dropped out several months ago, said Trump’s nomination will destroy the party.

Sen. Ben Sasse, R.-Neb., also reiterated his opposition to Trump Tuesday evening.

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