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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Ted Cruz ends presidential campaign after losing to Donald Trump in Indiana

Reac­tionary right wing Sen­a­tor Ted Cruz of Texas has end­ed his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign fol­low­ing his loss in the Indi­ana Repub­li­can pri­ma­ry to fiery real estate mogul Don­ald Trump, who will now almost cer­tain­ly be the Repub­li­can nominee.

“What you have done, the move­ment you have start­ed is extra­or­di­nary,” Cruz told somber sup­port­ers towards the end of a long con­ces­sion speech.

“I love each and every one of you. From the begin­ning I have said i would con­tin­ue on as long as there was a path to vic­to­ry. Tonight, I’m sor­ry to say it appears that path has been fore­closed. Togeth­er, we left it all on the field in Indi­ana. We gave it every­thing we’ve got. The vot­ers chose anoth­er path.”

“With a heavy heart, but with bound­less opti­mism for the long-term future of our nation, we are sus­pend­ing our cam­paign,” Cruz said.

Respond­ing to Cruz’s announce­ment, Repub­li­can Nation­al Com­mit­tee Chair­man Reince Priebus acknowl­edged that Trump was now the “pre­sump­tive nom­i­nee.

Cruz’s deci­sion to end his cam­paign means he will not be show­ing up in Wash­ing­ton State for the events that he had planned for next week, includ­ing a fundraisi­er at a pri­vate home on the East­side co-host­ed by Dino Rossi.

The only oth­er cred­i­ble can­di­date left stand­ing is Ohio Gov­er­nor John Kasich, who has a minus­cule num­ber of del­e­gates and is run­ning on fumes.

Cruz’s deci­sion to with­draw from the race is a severe blow to Susan Hutchi­son and the Wash­ing­ton State Repub­li­can Par­ty, for it means the forth­com­ing Wash­ing­ton Repub­li­can pri­ma­ry is unlike­ly to be com­pet­i­tive. Bal­lots for that elec­tion are just about to go into the mail. The dead­line to return them will be Tues­day, May 24th.

It’s pos­si­ble the anti-Trump fac­tions of the par­ty will now ral­ly around Kasich. But that is unlike­ly to make Kasich com­pet­i­tive. Cruz had much built a deep­er base of sup­port, aid­ed by fig­ures like Glenn Beck and, more recent­ly, for­mer rival Car­ly Fio­r­i­na. If any­one was to come from behind and over­take Trump, it was going to be Cruz, who had out­last­ed a bevy of rivals, from Jeb Bush and Chris Christie to Ben Car­son and Mar­co Rubio, who end­ed their cam­paigns back in the winter.

Only a few hours ago, The Seat­tle Times pub­lished a sto­ry by polit­i­cal reporter Jim Brun­ner announc­ing that Cruz planned a major tour of Wash­ing­ton State and hyp­ing the forth­com­ing Repub­li­can pri­ma­ry. The lede to that sto­ry was as follows:

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Ted Cruz plans a cam­paign swing across Wash­ing­ton state this week, sched­ul­ing ral­lies Wednes­day in Spokane and Thurs­day in Both­ell and Vancouver.

The Texas sen­a­tor trails front-run­ner Don­ald Trump in the race for the GOP pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion — and may face even longer odds if Trump wins a key Indi­ana pri­ma­ry Tuesday.

But Cruz has a strong orga­ni­za­tion in Wash­ing­ton and is look­ing for a win here in the May 24 pri­ma­ry, with 44 del­e­gates at stake. Pri­ma­ry bal­lots go out this week.

The sto­ry went on to sum­ma­rize Cruz’s planned Wash­ing­ton events:

On Thurs­day morn­ing, Cruz plans a ral­ly at Cedar Park Chris­t­ian School in Both­ell , 16300 112th Ave N.E., accord­ing to cam­paign sources. Tick­ets for the free event were being adver­tised on Eventbrite, an online tick­et­ing ser­vice. He’ll hold a ral­ly lat­er that day in Van­cou­ver, Wash.

Cruz’s Wash­ing­ton trip will start with a ral­ly 3 p.m. Wednes­day at the Spokane Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, his cam­paign announced in a news release.

Lat­er that night, Cruz is sched­uled to attend a pri­vate fundrais­er at a home in Red­mond. Tick­ets for that event cost $1,000 a per­son, or $2,700 to get into a VIP recep­tion with the candidate.

Now that Cruz is out, all those events have been canceled.

Once Cruz had announced his deci­sion to end his cam­paign, the arti­cle above was swift­ly replaced by the Times with a new sto­ry at the same URL fea­tur­ing reac­tion from Cruz’s Wash­ing­ton State cam­paign chair­man (who pro­fessed him­self shocked) and Tim Eyman ally Doug Erick­sen, an enthu­si­as­tic Don­ald Trump boost­er. The orig­i­nal sto­ry is gone from the Times’ web­site, as if it nev­er existed.

Ear­li­er in the nom­i­nat­ing sea­son, pun­dits spec­u­lat­ed that Wash­ing­ton might be the kind of state that could give John Kasich a boost, if he could sur­vive that long.

But our guess is that when the results are post­ed on May 24th, Don­ald Trump will have won Wash­ing­ton’s Repub­li­can pri­ma­ry in a rout, van­quish­ing his rivals in much the same way that he has in oth­er states across the country.

That’s cer­tain­ly what the Wash­ing­ton State Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty expects.

“The Repub­li­can par­ty is now offi­cial­ly the par­ty of Trump,” said Jax­on Ravens, State Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty Chair. “Repub­li­cans chose as their stan­dard bear­er a real­i­ty tele­vi­sion show host who reg­u­lar­ly makes hate­ful and dan­ger­ous remarks about women, His­pan­ics, and Mus­lims. Don­ald Trump may be a good reflec­tion of the Repub­li­can par­ty’s val­ues, but his views are deeply incon­sis­tent with Wash­ing­ton state’s val­ues of com­pas­sion, empa­thy, diver­si­ty, and inclusion.”

“There’s no doubt that Trump’s pres­ence on the top of the tick­et will poi­son the already weak Repub­li­can brand in Wash­ing­ton state,” he concluded.

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One Comment

  1. Trump is much worst than any pre­vi­ous Repub­li­can can­di­date both suc­cess­ful and unsuc­cess­ful and indeed could draw a com­par­i­son to a Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­dent. Andrew Jackson!

    # by Mike Barer :: May 5th, 2016 at 8:24 PM
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