Indiana Primary: Cruz suspends campaign after lopsided loss to Trump

Indiana Primary: Cruz suspends campaign after lopsided loss to Trump

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It didn't take long after Indiana's polls closed before the networks quickly anointed Donald Trump the winner of Indiana's GOP primary election, crushing Ted Cruz's hopes for an open Republican convention in Cleveland this summer.

Th Washington Post was among the first outlets to report at about 8:30 p.m. that Cruz would suspend his campaign, and the senator from Texas made it official nearly 15 minutes later in a speech in Indianapolis.

Meanwhile, Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton were locked in a much closer race in the Hoosier state.

Sanders addressed supporters in Louisville on Tuesday, as did Clinton's husband, former President Clinton.

State Races

In Indiana, Rep. Todd Young has won the Republican nomination for Indiana's open U.S. Senate seat, according to the Associated Press.

Young won in Indiana's Republican primary Tuesday after a biting campaign against tea party-backed Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who characterized Young as an establishment pawn at a time when voters are increasingly frustrated with Washington.

Young's victory could have national implications as Republicans look to keep the seat that's opening up with the retirement of GOP Sen. Dan Coats.

Democrats need to pick up at least four seats to retake control of the Senate and they saw Stutzman as the more vulnerable candidate.

Young's campaign was boosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a PAC with ties to Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Former U.S. Rep. Baron Hill was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

In the closely-watched 9th District, Democrat Shelli Yoder jumped to a large lead early, claiming 73 percent of the share after 26 percent of the vote was counted. On the Republican side, Trey Hollingsworth (35 percent) led Erin Houchin (25) and Greg Zoeller (23).

This story will be updated.

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