INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ted Cruz has announced that he is dropping out of the race for the U.S. presidency following Donald Trump’s projected win in Indiana.
"Together, we left it all on the field in Indiana. We gave it everything we've got, but the voters chose another path." said Cruz.
Earlier in the day, one of Cruz’s campaign aides said the campaign was preparing for "a very somber" address in Indianapolis when results came in, according to the Associated Press.
Cruz has spent the past week in Indiana, campaigning and getting the support of Governor Mike Pence. He even chose a running mate, Carly Fiorina. Cruz and his Super-PACS also spent millions on advertising in the state.
Cruz supporters who came to downtown Indianapolis to hear him speak were shocked at his announcement to drop out.
"I expected better of Indiana. For starters, I’m really disappointed in our state. I think if people had done their homework it was a very clear choice," said Kristy Dooley, of Parke County, Indiana.
"I thought he would continue on, I know he was behind in the numbers but I hoped that he would continue fighting and that things would somehow turn around," said Tracey Vanderford of Marion, Indiana.
John Kasich, who decided not to campaign in Indiana, is hoping to receive the nomination at the GOP convention in Cleveland. He says he doesn’t plan to drop out of the race unless a candidate reaches 1,237 bound delegates before the Convention.