Ted Cruz has announced he is ending his campaign for the US Republican presidential nomination, after losing heavily to Donald Trump in the Indiana primary.Mr Trump, a New York businessman who is unpopular with many in his own party, is almost certain to be the nominee.Earlier, Mr Cruz called Mr Trump a “liar” who was unfit to be president.In the Democratic battle, Bernie Sanders is projected to beat Hillary Clinton in Indiana.He trails Mrs Clinton in the all-important delegate count but after this victory he said the contest was still alive.
“Clinton campaign thinks this campaign is over. They’re wrong,” he said.Mr Cruz’s advisers had targeted Indiana as the Texas senator’s best hope of halting Mr Trump’s march to the nomination.”We gave it everything we’ve got, but the voters chose another path,” he told supporters in Indiana.The verbal attacks between him and Mr Trump had reached a new level of intensity on Tuesday.Mr Cruz attacked the billionaire businessman as “totally amoral”, “a pathological liar” and “a serial philanderer”. Mr Trump responded by calling Ted Cruz is a “desperate candidate trying to save his failing campaign”. But hours later, after Mr Cruz announced he was quitting the race, Mr Trump praised him as a “tough, smart competitor”. It is looking increasingly likely that Mr Trump will face Mrs Clinton in the autumn in the battle to succeed President Barack Obama, who will be leaving the White House after two terms.But Republicans have expressed reservations about Mr Trump’s outspoken remarks, which have offended women and Hispanics.There are also concerns about some of his policies on immigration and national security, like building a wall on the southern US border paid for by Mexico, a ban on Muslims coming to the US and the killing of the families of terrorists.