May 3, 2016

NM GOP embraces Donald Trump

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Donald Trump essentially clinched the Republican nomination Tuesday after handily winning the Indiana primaries.

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore cc

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore cc

The win, which came more than a month before New Mexico’s primaries, prompted U.S. Senator Ted Cruz to announce that he is suspending his campaign.

Cruz was the Republican candidate with the second most amount of delegates and even then only had a goal of denying Trump a majority of delegates before the party’s convention this summer.

After Cruz dropped out, some Republicans are coming together to support the presumptive nominee.

On Twitter, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus declared Trump the “presumptive” nominee and urged Republicans to unite around him.

The Republican Party of New Mexico also embraced Trump.

“With Donald Trump’s win in Indiana and Ted Cruz dropping out, Trump has functionally secured the nomination,” Republican Party of New Mexico pokesman Tucker Keene said in a statement Tuesday night. “We look forward to seeing Donald Trump in New Mexico and working with our nominee to defeat Hillary Clinton in November and delivering our five electoral votes for the Republicans.”

Governor Susana Martinez previously endorsed Marco Rubio, but after he dropped out, she remained neutral.

In 2012, Martinez did not endorse Mitt Romney until after the New Mexico primary, well after he already wrapped up the nomination.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich still remains in the race, though his prospects are essentially nil.

Kasich and Cruz previously announced a deal in which Kasich would not campaign in Indiana while Cruz would not campaign in Oregon or New Mexico. Now it’s clear that Cruz will not campaign in New Mexico, as he is no longer campaigning at all.

On the Democratic side, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Indiana primary. Clinton still leads Sanders handily in the race for the nomination and will almost certainly face Trump in the general election.