Last Man Standing

Date: May 05, 2016 Last Edit: May 06, 2016

Donald Trump continued his winning streak in a very big way in Indiana.

One candidate has emerged at last through the thicket of Republican hopefuls vying for the nomination: Donald Trump.

After claiming victory with more than 53 percent of the vote in Indiana’s May 3 primary, Trump netted another 57 delegates, bringing his total to 1,054, according to The New York Times. But delegate counts soon became irrelevant following the primary’s aftermath.  

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Shortly after the results came in, Ted Cruz announced he would suspend his presidential campaign—effectively knocking out Trump’s closest rival and clearing the way for Trump to reach the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination outright. The following day, John Kasich, the only remaining contender, suspended his campaign, too. 

Although Trump called himself the presumptive nominee after his five-state sweep in the April 26 primaries, other Republicans are now beginning to fall in line. 

A few hours after the real estate mogul’s victory, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus tweeted that Donald Trump would be the presumptive GOP nominee and that “we all need to unite and focus on defeating Hillary Clinton.”

In his victory speech, Trump turned all of his fire to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, saying she would be a terrible president for small businesses and job creation. 

“We’re not going to be Hillary Clinton; she was talking about she wants the mines closed, and she will never let them work again,” Trump said, referencing Clinton’s clean energy comments from a CNN roundtable discussion in March.

The GOP front-runner also criticized Clinton for her complicated history with trade agreements.

“She doesn’t understand trade,” Trump said. “Her husband signed the single worst trade deal ever done. It’s called NAFTA.” 

Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders won Indiana’s Democratic primary, prolonging Clinton’s march to her party’s nomination. Despite the loss, Clinton still commands a daunting delegate lead over Sanders, making her likely to earn the Democratic nomination in July. 

*Note: This news coverage does not equate to an endorsement of any candidate by NFIB.

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

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