Real-time primary updates: Ted Cruz drops out of the race for president; Trump is presumptive nomine

Real-time primary updates: Ted Cruz drops out of the race for president; Trump is presumptive nomine

A voter wears a "I voted" sticker after voting in the Indiana Primary at the Hamilton Co. Auto Auction, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Noblesville, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced Tuesday he would suspend his bid for the Republican nomination for president after a crushing loss in the Indiana primary.

With Cruz  gone, the path has been cleared for New York businessman Donald Trump to be the nominee of the Republican party in the 2016 election.

"It appears that path has been foreclosed," Trump told supporters in Indianapolis. "Together, we left it all on the field of Indiana. We gave it everything we've got, but the voters chose another path, and so with a heavy heart but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign."

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The  Republican National Committee made the announcement Tuesday via a tweet that Trump is the presumptive nominee.

The announcement came a week after he named former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina as his running mate.

Cruz was joined on stage with his parents, as well as by Fiorina and his wife, Heidi.

He made no mention of the Republican front-runner, vowing instead to continue his fight for liberty and for the Constitution.

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