Why Cruz Suspended His Campaign? – The Numbers Don’t Lie
Ted Cruz suspended his campaign after Tuesday’s Indiana primary. When you look at numbers it is clear that Ted was done.
After Trump swept the last 7 primaries it was over for Cruz. Donald Trump now has 1047 delegates; Cruz has 565 with 520 remaining. Trump now has a clear road to the nomination. A comparison between the top two contenders in each party show that Trump is far ahead of all candidates and Cruz was clearly in a position to step out of the race.
Of Trump, Cruz, Sanders and Hillary –
** Trump leads all candidates with 24 primary wins (Cruz has 4)
** Trump leads in states won with 27
** Trump has the highest percentage of primary wins (86%)
** Trump has the highest percent of overall state wins (69%)
** Trump has the highest percent of primary delegates (73%)
** Trump has the highest percent of overall delegates (65%)
** And Trump leads with the highest percent of overall votes (59%)
Charts by Joe Hoft (data from RealClearPolitics)
(Note although not noted at RealClearPolitics.com caucus wins for Cruz in Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota, Sanders in Maine, Alaska and Washington and Hillary in Iowa and Nevada were added to these results. These states show no winners currently in the RCP data. If these caucus wins were not added to the data, Trump would be even further ahead in the areas mentioned above.)
Overall Trump continues to outshine all the candidates while competing against 16 primary opponents. Cruz was clearly at the dropping out point.
To date, the Democratic race has been tighter than the Republican race based on wins and delegates. (However, the Democrats also have super delegates which are highly in Hillary’s favor at 520 to 39 for Sanders which are not included in these totals.)
Hillary has now lost Rhode Island last week and Indiana yesterday to Socialist Sanders in the past two weeks. Some pundits were calling for Bernie to step out of the race as he was mathematically eliminated last week, but now he has momentum heading into the upcoming primaries in May and June. And of course, Hillary could be indicted any time between now and November which is a good reason for Bernie to stay in the race.