Donald Trump is aiming for a thumping victory Tuesday in Indiana to squelch lingering doubts about his viability as the Republican presidential nominee and pivot toward presumptive Democratic standard-bearer Hillary Clinton.
The “stop Trump” movement faces a moment of truth in the Midwestern state, as the campaign of chief challenger Ted Cruz struggles to win over voters ahead of its potentially decisive primary.
“We have to put him away tomorrow folks,” Trump told a crowd in South Bend on the eve of the vote.
“The biggie is going to be in Indiana — because if we win Indiana it’s over with folks, it’s over with. And then we focus on Hillary Clinton.”
A new NBC survey revealed Trump 15 percentage points ahead of Cruz, innovative signs the Texas senator’s play to block Trump was under threat.
Trump has up to now amassed, according delegates 1,002 to CNN’s tally. He wants the nomination to be locked in by just under half of the 502 in play in the remaining 10 competitions.
The map now favors the billionaire, who’s polling well ahead in the biggest states to New Jersey, California and vote.
With impetus favoring Trump — he’s won the last six competitions — Cruz put on a brave face, telling reporters he’d remain in the race aside from the Indiana results. “I am in for the distance,” Cruz said. “As long as we have a viable path to victory, I am competing to the end.”