The Stop Trump movement made its final stand in Indiana and it did in fact go the way of General Custer in the Battle of Little Bighorn. The state was called the second the remaining polls closed in Indiana.
This, again, means Trump is likely to sweep all of the state’s available delegates, both state and districtwide.
Indiana was a state that was tailormade for Ted Cruz and one his campaign dubbed “crucial.” Now he has gone down in a landslide. Wisconsin seems like a long, long time ago, doesn’t it?
If Trump does take all 57 delegates tonight, it will put him at 1,055 total; or 182 delegates short of the 1,237 majority he needs.
If this primary season has taught me anything, it is not to overreact to results from a single state or contest. But with the results in Indiana being what they are, it is difficult to see how Trump does not get to 1,237 before the July convention. If you factor in that Trump is a near lock to win the winner-take-all state of New Jersey, and its 51 delegates, it puts Trump at 1,106; only 131 from 1,237.
It is also hard to believe Cruz will compete in a state like California, which has 172 delegates up for grabs. New York, the five states last week, and now Indiana show that GOP voters are starting to coalesce behind Trump. If this trend continues, Trump will probably run up the margin in California, where he could wrap it up all together.
Even if he doesn’t get enough delegates in California to pass the 1,237 mark, he will likely do better than expected in states like Montana, Washington, Oregon, etc. which means more delegates in his column even if he fails to win these states.
Looks like it is all over but the shouting.