The following is an excerpt from Emily Flitter | May 3, 2016 | Reuters.com |
Republicans voting in Indiana's primary election on Tuesday might give New York billionaire Donald Trump an almost unstoppable advantage in his turbulent journey toward the party's presidential nomination.
The real estate mogul holds a double-digit polling lead in the Midwestern state over his main rival, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.
Fresh off a sweep of five Northeastern states last week, Trump wants a win in Indiana to put him within reach of the 1,237 delegates required to lock up the Republican nomination before the party's convention in July.
"If we win Indiana, it's over," Trump told a cheering crowd in Terre Haute, Indiana, on the eve of the vote.
Cruz has trumpeted Indiana, one of the last big states in the fight to get on the Nov. 8 presidential ballot, as his golden moment to stop Trump and force a brokered nomination at the convention.
He vowed on Monday to "compete to the end" but a loss in Indiana would be particularly crushing for the senator, who has argued that his brand of religious conservatism is a natural draw for heartland Republicans. He won the endorsement of conservative Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
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