Trump in Command as Cruz Drops Out; Clinton Inches Along

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The 2016 Presidential Election

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May 3, 2016

Donald Trump appears to be very close to clinching the Republican Party nomination for President, while Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton has a bit more work to do.

Trump won the most votes in the Indiana Republican primary, garnering 53 percent of the vote. His main challenger had been Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who got 37 percent of Indiana’s vote; but Cruz, after another subpar showing, dropped out of the race entirely, leaving only Ohio Gov. John Kasich, far behind in the delegate count, to challenge Trump. Trump claimed 51 delegates for winning Indiana, putting his total at 1,007.

Clinton’s only remaining challenger, Bernie Sanders, won the most votes in Indiana, but it wasn’t a blowout and so Clinton got more delegates to add to her leading total.

Sanders won 43 delegates for Indiana, but Clinton’s nearly-as-large share of the vote earned her 37 delegates, putting her total at 1,770.

Clinton needs 2,383 votes at the Democratic National Convention. She currently has the pledged support of 1,770 delegates.

A complete list of dates for caucuses and primaries is here.

It all leads up to the major party national conventions. The Republican Party convention will be July 18–21 in Cleveland. The Democratic Party convention will be the week of July 25th in Philadelphia.

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