Results from the 2016 Indiana primary. Does it cement two pathways to the nominations?
With guest host Jane Clayson.
Donald Trump vanquishes Ted Cruz. Bernie Sanders triumphs over Hillary, who still holds a commanding delegate lead. With Cruz out a contested convention may be no more. Will the Republicans rally around Trump? And how are the match-ups looking for the general election? Top political reporters unpack it all. Up next On Point: The critical Indiana primary and where do we go from here.
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Indiana Primary Takeaways: For Donald Trump, Now Comes the Hard Part — "With his victory in Indiana, Mr. Trump inherits a Republican Party that has been traumatized and torn apart by his campaign. A majority of primary voters in the later contests ultimately chose him, but potentially crippling divisions persist on the right: In Indiana, roughly a quarter of Republican voters said they would be scared to see him elected president, according to exit polls." (New York Times)
How Bernie Sanders beat the polls and won Indiana — "After losing five of six races over the last two weeks and only winning the small state of Rhode Island, the Indiana win was no doubt a welcome psychological boost. But why did Sanders win Michigan and Indiana, while losing other Midwestern states like Missouri (narrowly), Illinois and Ohio?" (Washington Post)
The weakness that doomed Ted Cruz — "Indiana was supposed to be friendly territory for Cruz, who burst onto the national scene in 2012 by harnessing the tea-party movement, and was the first to grasp that the simmering anger that propelled him to office could also fuel a presidential campaign. But in the end, like those in so many other states this cycle, they broke for a candidate with fewer conservative bonafides but more of a claim on the outsider status and anger that Cruz once owned." (National Review)
This program aired on May 4, 2016.