Ohio Gov. John Kasich fell short of victory -- again -- on Tuesday night, but aides insisted his campaign will move ahead.
"Tonight’s results are not going to alter Gov. Kasich’s campaign plans," John Weaver, a senior advisor to Kasich, said in an email blast to supporters shortly after Indiana was called for Donald Trump but before Sen. Ted Cruz dropped out of the race.
"Our strategy has been and continues to be one that involves winning the nomination at an open convention."
In a strongly worded statement following his victory in Indiana's Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders vowed to fight on "until the last vote is cast" and pushed rival Hillary Clinton to agree to a time and place for an additional debate.
"The Clinton campaign thinks this campaign is over," Sanders said in a statement. "They’re wrong. Maybe it’s over for the insiders and the party establishment, but the voters in Indiana had a different idea."
"We are in this campaign to win, and we’re going to fight until the last vote is cast," Sanders said.
Echoing statements he made earlier in the night at a rally in Kentucky, which holds its Democratic primary later this month, Sanders also took aim at presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman criticized Donald Trump as unprepared to be president shortly after the New York businessman's decisive victory in Indiana left him poised to secure the Republican nomination.
"Our next president will need to do two things: keep our nation safe in a dangerous world and help working families get ahead here at home," John Podesta said in a statement. "Donald Trump is not prepared to do either."
Podesta said Trump is "too divisive and lacks the temperament to lead our nation and the free world."
Donald Trump was uncharacteristically subdued as he assumed the mantle of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Tuesday night and sought to unite his party to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in November.
Surrounded by family members in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, the iconoclastic New York developer called vanquished rival Ted Cruz "one hell of a competitor."
“He is a tough, smart guy, and he has got an amazing future,” Trump said of the former opponent he branded “Lyin’ Ted.” Trump called him “one hell of a competitor.”
After a long history as a state where national politicians only raise money, California seemed poised this year to be a place where voters, not just campaign donations, would play a key role in the presidential primaries.
Even though the state's residents wouldn't go to the polls until June 7, the battles within the Democratic and Republican parties seemed unpredictable and intractable enough just one month ago that California might help crown a presidential nominee. The state awards more delegates than any other, making it the pot of gold near the end of the primary rainbow.
May. 3, 2016, 6:28 p.m.
He is one hell of a competitor. He is a tough, smart guy. And he has got an amazing future.
Donald Trump, on Ted Cruz after the Texas senator suspended his campaign