Once again, I am astonished. Ted Cruz has resigned as a candidate for the U.S. presidential nomination. Why?
Yes, Donald Trump, whom I originally predicted had almost no chance, is well ahead. Yes, there’s a chance Trump could get the votes necessary to virtually secure the Republican nomination before the convention. Yes, Cruz lost Indiana, a key state.
But Ted Cruz was expected to lose Indiana. And there is a reasonable chance Trump would not gain enough delegates to secure the nomination with both Cruz and John Kasich still in the race before the Republican National Convention. Without enough delegations, the nomination would have been up for grabs. It could have gone to Cruz, Kasich, or even someone else.
I can understand why Kasich dropped out of the race. He was trailing a very distant third, and it was highly unlikely he’d get enough delegates to have a chance. With Cruz out, Trump virtually has the Republican nomination. Probably only Cruz could have stopped it.
So why did Ted Cruz resign?