Indiana Now Make-or-Break for Trump Foes

State could be Cruz's last stand
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2016 4:59 AM CDT
Indiana Now Make-or-Break for Trump Foes
Ted Cruz speaks during a Tuesday night rally at the Hoosier Gym in Knightstown, Ind.   (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Despite what Donald Trump says, the GOP race isn't over, but his foes are running out of time. After Trump's five big wins on Tuesday night, all eyes—except possibly those of John Kasich—are on Indiana, which votes next Tuesday. With 54 delegates at stake, awarded on a winner-take-all basis statewide and by congressional district, experts predict that a Trump victory in the state will all but seal the nomination for him. A roundup of coverage:

  • Ted Cruz can be expected to "pull out all the stops" over the next week in a bid to regain momentum, writes Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post. He notes that Cruz, bafflingly, is getting "something of a pass from the party" for finishing third behind Kasich in many races, including four out of Tuesday's five primaries. Cruz came in second place in Pennsylvania.

  • At FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver notes that "something has changed for the better" for Trump in the last few weeks, putting him ahead of the necessary targets on the road to 1,237 delegates. Indiana has gone from a must-win for Trump to a must-win for his opponents, Silver writes—but a Trump loss will mean he is "back to fighting tooth-and-nail for every uncommitted delegate" in a volatile race.
  • Indiana hasn't mattered this much to the GOP race in 40 years, and voters are receiving a lot more attention than they're used to, reports the Indianapolis Star. "Five states voted Tuesday, but there's five times as much drama in Indiana," Cook Political Report analyst David Wasserman says.
  • Counting Indiana, Trump is now two states from the nomination, according to the New York Times, which looks at the delegate math—and at why it will be tough for Cruz and Kasich to coordinate anti-Trump efforts in California.
  • Politico looks at what it calls a "parallel universe where Cruz is beating Trump"—the search for loyal delegates for the second round of a contested convention.
(More Election 2016 stories.)

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