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Ted Cruz ended his bid for the White House Tuesday, clearing the way for Donald Trump to easily win the Republican nomination.

"From the beginning, I've said that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory. Tonight, I'm sorry to say it appears that path has been foreclosed," Cruz said. "We gave it everything we've got. But the voters chose another path. And so, with a heavy heart, but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign."

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Donald Trump is projected to win the Indiana Republican primary according to CNN and MSNBC. The victory cements Trump's place as the presumptive Republican nominee in the race for the White House.

The Trump victory is a major loss for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) who had needed a win in the state to reverse Trump's momentum. It is also a setback for the anti-Trump forces in the Republican Party who were seeking to deny Trump a majority of the delegates heading into the Republican convention in July and wrest the nomination from him in Cleveland.

In his last-ditch effort Cruz had even struck a truce with Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) intended to help him win the state. The agreement between the campaigns outlined that Kasich would stay away from actively campaigning in Indiana in an effort to give Cruz the chance to steal away delegates from Trump there.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Assailing each other with no letup, Republican front-runner Donald Trump and challenger Ted Cruz traded insults, charges and more Tuesday as Indiana voters went to the polls in what could be an all-but-decisive presidential primary election.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday, capping one of the steepest falls from grace in the state's lineup of crooked politicians for a consummate backroom dealer who wielded power for over two decades.

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