This latest win, following recent victories along the Eastern seaboard, places the hotel mogul within 200 delegates of the needed 1,237 to win the nomination.
“With 17% of the vote in at 7:20 p.m. ET, Trump was in the lead with 53.7% of the vote while Cruz was at 35.1%. Kasich was at 8.6%,” CNN reports.
“Thank you Indiana, we were just projected to be the winner,” Trump said on Twitter. “We have won in every category. You are very special people — I will never forget!”
Thank you Indiana, we were just projected to be the winner. We have won in every category. You are very special people-I will never forget!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2016
Despite campaigning heavily throughout the state and announcing Carly Fiorina as a running mate, Ted Cruz failed to gather a substantial number of votes before finally bowing out.
“I’ve said I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory; tonight I’m sorry to say it appears that path has been foreclosed,” Cruz told a crowd in Indianapolis.
Trump is set to hold a live press conference discussing his victory at Trump Tower.
On the democrat side of the race, CNN reports a victory for Bernie Sanders over establishment-hopeful Hillary Clinton.