After Last Night, Ted Cruz Mathematically Has No Chance of Securing the Republican Nomination

Last night, Donald Trump won primaries in five states, sweeping the latest Super Tuesday. This means, as Buzzfeed points out, it is now mathematically impossible for fellow GOP hopeful Ted Cruz to win the amount of delegates needed to secure the nomination. Addressing reporters and supporters last night, Trump said, “I consider myself the presumptive nominee.”

Though it’s not possible for Cruz to win the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination—and avoid a contested convention—it’s still technically possible that he could prevent Trump from doing so. Though, looking at the numbers, that seems increasingly unlikely. Trump currently has secured 1,049 delegates (Cruz has just 560), and 502 are still in play.

The Democratic race remains closer, but Hillary Clinton still maintains a commanding lead over Bernie Sanders. In a statement last night, Sanders told supporters that he was staying int the race:

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