CBS News: Ted Cruz drops out of presidential race after Indiana loss

FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz speaks in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

(CBSNEWS) – Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is ending his campaign for the Republican nomination Tuesday night, CBS News’ Major Garrett has confirmed, effectively ensuring Donald Trump will become the GOP’s standard-bearer in 2016.

Cruz will concede the race at an event in Indianapolis following the results of Tuesday’s Indiana primary, which Trump won handily. CBS News called the race for Trump right at 7 p.m., when the polls closed; with 59 percent of precincts reporting in Indiana, Trump led Cruz by 16 points, 53 percent to 37 percent.

The Texas senator had focused heavily on the Hoosier State following loses to Trump in the five Northeastern primaries last week. He spent a great deal of time campaigning across the state, touted an endorsement from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, and sought to energize his campaign by announcing former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as his running mate.

But ultimately, Cruz got the two-man race against Trump he’d been wanting all along–and he still lost. With Trump winning the majority of delegates out of Indiana, he is on the path to reach 1,237 delegates by the end of voting in June.

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