Donald Trump Defeats Ted Cruz and John Kasich in Indiana, Nomination Appears More Likely

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 3, 2016   |   7:31PM   |   Washington, DC

Donald Trump defeated Ted Cruz and John Kasich in Indiana’s winner-take-all primary election tonight and it makes it even more likely that Trump will become the Republican nominee for president. Trump’s victory puts him in a commanding position to clinch the nomination on June 7, when the last Republican contests are held.

With 21% of the vote tallied, Trump leads with 53.8 percent to 34.6 percent for Cruz and 8.7 percent for Kasich.

Trump has not yet reached the magic number of 1,237 delegates needed to secure the Republican nomination on the first ballot at the Republican National Convention in July. But with upcoming states, especially big delegate states like New Jersey and California, seeming favorable to Trump, it is looking more and more likely that he will win the delegates required.

Cruz, who came in a distant second to Trump, has staked much of his campaign on Indiana. He named Carly Fiorina as his running mate, and he spent a lot of time and money in the Hoosier State. It was, ultimately, unsuccessful for the Texas Senator, as Trump is projected to take more than 50% of the vote in Indiana.

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If Trump is the nominee, he would present a stark contrast on abortion to pro-abortion Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Trump has specifically promised he would sign a bill as president to de-fund Planned Parenthood. In an interview with David Brody of CBN, Trump made that promise:

David Brody: “As a President Trump, if a bill came to your desk that would defund Planned Parenthood you would support that, you would sign that?”

Donald Trump: “Yes, because as long as they do the abortion I am not for funding Planned Parenthood… As long as they’re involved with abortion, as far as I’m concerned forget it, I wouldn’t fund them regardless. I would defund Planned Parenthood because of their view and the fact of their work on abortion…. I am for defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they are involved with abortion.”

As far as Trump’s comments on Planned Parenthood funding are concerned, Trump has fairly consistently said he opposes taxpayer funding but he’s also made some remarks about the “good things” Planned Parenthood does that have alarmed pro-life voters — as if any “good thing” could make up for the fact that planned Parenthood kills 330,000 unborn babies a year in abortions and then sells their body parts for profit.

Meanwhile, Trump said he thinks the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that ushered in an era of 48 million abortions was “wrongly decided.” Trump said he would appoint “very good judges” who would ultimately “change it” but he opposed Roe without specifically saying it should be overturned.

Here are some of the headlines we’ve carried at in recent months that provide further details on what Trump has said regarding Planned Parenthood funding:

August 4: Donald Trump: Shut Down the Federal Government to De-Fund Planned Parenthood

August 11: Donald Trump: Planned Parenthood is an “Abortion Factory”

August 17: Donald Trump: Videos of Planned Parenthood Selling Aborted Babies Were “Disgusting,” De-Fund It

August 26: Donald Trump: Planned Parenthood is an “Abortion Factory” That Sells Baby Parts Like Automobiles

October 19: Donald Trump: “Planned Parenthood Should Absolutely be De-Funded”

December 2: Donald Trump: De-Fund Planned Parenthood and “Look Carefully at” Overturning Roe v. Wade

December 22: Donald Trump: Unless Planned Parenthood Stops Doing Abortions, We Should De-Fund It