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ABC News(INDIANAPOLIS) -- There were warning signs that things were going south for Ted Cruz ahead of his loss in Indiana Tuesday night and the subsequent suspension of his presidential campaign.

A combination of momentum working against him and some last-ditch efforts that were perceived by some as desperate landed Cruz squarely in second place in the Indiana Republican primary.

"We gave it everything we've got, but the voters chose another path and so with a heavy heart, but with boundless optimism, for the long term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign," Cruz said Tuesday night, adding that he is not "suspending our fight for liberty."

Here are four issues that appear to have led to the end for Cruz:

Momentum Mess

Going into Indiana, it appears that Donald Trump had accrued enough momentum to help him win the state.

The Indiana primary came a week after the so-called "Acela" primary of five northeastern states, which Trump swept, and two weeks after Trump's dramatic victory in his home state of New York.

James Campbell, a professor of political science at the University at Buffalo, said that there was "something of a momentum shift" in the Republican race after those primaries that impacted the results in Indiana.

"That kind of got people thinking that Trump was inevitable and that usually brings some undecideds or torn voters to a candidacy," Campbell told ABC News.

A Less-Than-Stellar Endorsement

Cruz hoped to replicate his Wisconsin victory in Indiana as both are Midwestern states with similar demographics. And in both Indiana and Wisconsin, Cruz had the endorsements of their respective Republican governors.

That said, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's endorsement was not quite as enthusiastic as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's.

While Walker regularly campaigned alongside Cruz, Pence made his endorsement during a radio show appearance and went on to give Trump a shout-out during his endorsement of Cruz, saying, "I like and respect all three" of the Republican candidates.

A Failed Alliance

Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Cruz paired up, in theory, agreeing to coordinate their campaigns in order to raise their party's chances of beating Trump.

But, according to a NBC/WSJ/Marist poll in Indiana released on Sunday, there were more voters in the state that disapproved of the short-lived "alliance" than those that did.

Fifty-eight percent of likely Republican primary voters in Indiana said they disapproved of Cruz and Kasich teaming up to beat Trump in the Hoosier State, while 34 percent said they approved of the move.

'Desperate' Move

Cruz added his name to the history list, becoming the second Republican candidate ever to name a vice presidential nominee before becoming the nominee himself.

It didn't help Ronald Reagan back in 1976 when he was the first person to do it, and it didn't help Cruz the second time around.

According to a CNN/ORC national poll released Monday, 67 percent of Republicans said that Fiorina's addition did not have much effect on how they would vote, while 18 percent said it made them more likely to vote for Cruz and 14 percent said less likely.

Marjorie Hershey, a political science professor at Indiana University, said that the Fiorina announcement showed "increased desperation on the Cruz campaign."

"It's not normally regarded as the action of a likely winner. ... Why would he need to do that if he felt really confident?" she told ABC News.

Campbell said that both the alliance and the Fiorina announcement were likely an effort to not only stop the bleeding but also turn the race around.

"I think those moves were meant to short circuit or reset the campaign that seemed to be drifting away from them," Campbell said. "I don't think they caused the drift, I think the drift was caused by momentum and other things."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump has formally turned his attention to November's general election after Sen. Ted Cruz dropped out of the Republican presidential race Tuesday night, following Trump's projected win in Indiana's primary.

Before even naming either Cruz or Ohio governor John Kasich -- who remains in the race -- in his post-primary win speech at Trump Tower in Manhattan, Trump took a shot at Hillary Clinton.

"We're going after Hillary Clinton," Trump said of the Democratic presidential front-runner. "She will not be a great president, she will not be a good president. She will be a poor president."

He then spoke fondly about Cruz, who he regularly referred to as "Lyin' Ted" throughout the campaign.

"I've competed all my life...and I have to tell you, I have met some of the most incredible competitors that I have ever competed against right here in the Republican party," Trump said. "Ted Cruz, I don't know if he likes me or doesn't like me, but he is one hell of a competitor. He is a tough, smart guy. And he has got an amazing future."

 

.@realDonaldTrump: Ted Cruz "is one hell of a competitor…He has got an amazing future." https://t.co/OT9Iv7uGot https://t.co/lkEvOdgsbM

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 4, 2016

 

Earlier Tuesday, Cruz called Trump "a pathological liar," among other insults.

Trump started out the speech by thanking Indiana for his win in the state tonight.

"The people of Indiana have been incredible," Trump said, calling his win in the Hoosier State a "tremendous victory."

"It really looks like a massive victory, and it looks like we win all 57 delegates," he said.

Trump's speech came shortly after Sen. Ted Cruz suspended his presidential campaign. Now Trump and Kasich are the only Republican candidates remaining.

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ABC News(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Donald Trump relied on the underpinning of his presidential campaign – his strong appeal as a political outsider – to show Ted Cruz the door in their long battle, while Bernie Sanders showed Hillary Clinton that he’s still game for a fight.

Trump overcame a considerable gender gap and a sharply divided GOP electorate, with nearly half of those who didn’t support him in Indiana saying they wouldn’t vote for him in November, either. Still, six in 10 wanted the next president to be someone from “outside the political establishment,” close to its high this year, and Trump won nearly eight in 10 of their votes.

Trump also benefited from greater-than-average support for deporting undocumented immigrants, and – typically – majority interest in a candidate who’ll “bring needed change” or “tells it like it is.”

That said, a large gender gap appeared; in the first race since Trump accused Clinton of playing “the woman card,” he won women by 6 points, but men by 26 points – a Trump-Cruz gender gap second only to that in Michigan nearly a month ago. The typical gap is 9 points; here it was 20.

On the Democratic side, an influx of young, white liberals boosted Sanders over Clinton. Forty-six percent of voters were age 45 or younger, a new high this year (the previous record was 45 percent in Michigan, an unexpected Sanders win); a strong group for Sanders, he won them by 66-34 percent, nearly twice his usual margin among under 45s.

One factor was that whites, another better group for Sanders, accounted for nearly three-quarters of voters, compared with their typical six in 10 in previous races this year. And 68 percent of Democratic voters described themselves as liberals, compared with an average 62 percent this year. Still, regardless of Sanders’ win, 74 percent expected Clinton to be the ultimate nominee, and she led Sanders by 12 points in being seen as better able to beat Trump in November.

The Indiana exit poll results were analyzed for ABC News by Langer Research Associates. Details follow.

The Republican Race


Attributes that have driven Trump’s campaign resonated as well in Indiana as elsewhere. More than half of Republican voters said they wanted a candidate who can “bring needed change” (33 percent) or who “tells it like it is” (22 percent), and Trump won two-thirds and nearly nine in 10 of their votes, respectively. Cruz came back with voters focused on a candidate who shares their values – a persistent Trump weakness – winning two-thirds in this group; there just weren’t enough of them.

Trump, more narrowly, also won the relatively few voters who were focused on electability in November, defusing arguments by his critics within the party that he can’t prevail against the ultimate Democratic nominee.

Trump hasn’t won majority support for another of his issues – deporting undocumented immigrants – but it’s nevertheless drawn substantial support among GOP voters. Forty-five percent in Indiana said they favored deportation, compared with 41 percent in previous races on average; nearly two-thirds of them backed Trump.

Another big help for Trump, per usual, were the supporters he’d locked in a long time ago. Forty-six percent of Indiana’s GOP primary voters said they made up their minds more than a month ago, and they voted for Trump over Cruz by more than 2-1.

Looking forward to the convention, two-thirds of Indiana GOP voters said they think that if no candidate has reached a majority of delegates before the convention, the one with the most votes should win the nomination, vs. three in 10 who said the delegates should decide at a contested convention. Support for a contested convention peaked among Cruz and Kasich supporters, but that slipped from previous primaries, from 57 to 50 percent.

Regardless, animosity within Republican ranks was on display again. As in New York and Pennsylvania, a majority of Indiana GOP primary voters – 56 percent – said the campaign has mostly divided the party, vs. four in 10 who said it’s “energized” it. Trump supporters were most likely to say the contest has energized the party, while those supporting Cruz were much more apt to say the party’s been divided.

GOP divisions also were highlighted by the number of non-Trump supporters in Indiana who said they wouldn’t vote for Trump as the nominee – 46 percent, as noted – and the share of non-Cruz supporters who said they would not vote for Trump if he were the nominee, 39 percent. Those were higher alienation rates than on the Democratic side; the key question, with Cruz suspending his campaign after the results were in, was where, in fact, his voters go.

The Democratic Race

Even while nearly three-quarters of voters in the Indiana Democratic primary said they expected Clinton ultimately to win the party’s presidential nomination, clearly that’s not without a fight.

Demographics, for one thing, were on Sanders’ side. Whites younger than age 45 accounted for a third of Indiana voters, well over their customary 22 percent on average in previous primaries, and they backed him by a vast 74-26 percent, by 48 points rather than the usual 37 points.

Meanwhile, nonwhites age 45 and older – a huge group for Clinton – accounted for fewer voters than typical, 13 percent, compared with 22 percent on average. Clinton won them by 79-21 percent, her usual margin.

That said, Sanders’ performance was not built on whites alone. As in some other Midwestern states, he ran competitively with Clinton among nonwhites younger than 45; 51-49 percent, Sanders-Clinton.

As noted, 68 percent of Democratic voters described themselves as liberals; there’ve been more in just a handful of states this cycle. And the trend within Indiana itself is remarkable: In 2008, liberals accounted for 39 percent of Democratic primary voters, 29 points fewer than their numbers today.

Sanders did especially well among “very” liberal voters – 28 percent in Indiana this year (vs. 14 percent in 2008); he won them by 59-41 percent, compared with 50-50 in earlier contests this year. It was one of his best showings among strong liberals to date, surpassed only in five states to date.

Other results followed these. Six in 10 voters in Indiana said the most important candidate trait was someone who’s honest and trustworthy or who cares about people like them (three in 10 apiece); large majorities in both groups backed Sanders – 80 and 69 percent, respectively. Clinton came back with a very large majority of those focused on experience or electability.

Results on the question of who’s the more inspiring candidate also were telling: Fifty-five percent said it was Sanders, vs. 43 percent who picked Clinton. Sanders’ result was second to his best on this question, 59 percent in Wisconsin, in the six states where it’s been asked.

Clinton’s main weakness has been questions about her honesty and this remained the case in Indiana. Just 56 percent saw her as honest and trustworthy – tying the low in the states in which it’s been asked, and 27 points fewer than the number who said the same about Sanders.

Clinton had some pushback. More than three-quarters saw her policies as realistic, vs. just shy of two-thirds for Sanders – but that was better for Sanders than usual, 57 percent in the nine states where the question’s been asked before.

On issues, Sanders continued to benefit from a sense that Wall Street hurts rather than helps the U.S. economy (64 percent said so) and from antipathy to free trade – 46 percent said it costs jobs, vs. 39 percent who said it creates them.

Half of Indiana voters said the next president should continue Obama’s policies, while 35 percent preferred a more liberal direction. The pro-Obama group was a better one for Clinton – but again, those seeking more liberal policies were more numerous than average in Indiana. They’ve been surpassed in just three states.

Finally, while the Democrats have had their squabbles, exit poll results have indicated far less internal damage compared with the GOP contest. Seventy-three percent of Democratic voters in Indiana said the primaries have energized the party as opposed to dividing it, with no difference between Clinton and Sanders supporters on the issue. About two in 10 Clinton voters said they wouldn’t vote for Sanders in November, and a third of Sanders voters said that about Clinton.

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ABC News(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.) -- Texas senator Ted Cruz is suspending his presidential campaign for the Republican nomination following his loss to Donald Trump in the Indiana Republican primary, Cruz announced at a rally Tuesday night in Indianpolis.

"Together we left it all in the field in Indiana, we gave it everything we got," he said. "So with a heavy a heart, but with boundless optimism, for the long term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign," Cruz told supporters.

Cruz officially announced his 2016 presidential campaign on Twitter in May 2015, posting a video saying it will require a “new generation” to lead the country.

“It’s a time for truth, a time to rise to the challenge, just as Americans have always done," he said in the video. "I believe in America and her people and I believe we can stand up and restore our promise,” the Republican senator says in the video. “It’s going to take a new generation of courageous conservatives to help make America great again and I’m ready to stand with you to lead the fight.”

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ABC News(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Based on analysis of the vote, ABC News projects that Sen. Bernie Sanders will win the Democratic primary in Indiana.

There are a total of 92 delegates up for grabs for the Democrats Tuesday night, 83 of which are pledged delegates while the remaining nine delegates are superdelegates.

The 83 pledged delegates are awarded proportionally.

It is now mathematically impossible for Sanders to clinch the Democratic nomination using only pledged delegates, based on ABC News delegate estimates.

This means the only way Sanders can reach the magic number of 2,383 delegates is with the support of superdelegates.

Still, Sanders told reporters Tuesday evening, "I understand that Secretary Clinton thinks that this campaign is over. I’ve got some bad news for her. I know all the pundits thought we were supposed to lose but that apparently is not what all the people of Indiana concluded.”

Sanders also scoffed at the idea that staying in the race could hurt Democrats' chances against GOP front-runner Donald Trump. "Not at all. Not at all,” he said. He pointed to polls that showed voters saying the primary invigorated the party. "I have no doubt, zero doubt that what we have done in this campaign, what we are doing now and what we will do in the next 6 weeks is good for the democratic party and it will result in a higher voter turnout," he added.

It will likely remain mathematically possible for Sanders to win the Democratic nomination until at least June 7 because the large number of superdelegates, who overwhelmingly back Clinton now, but are free to change their minds.

Clinton currently needs to win 70 percent of remaining delegates in order to clinch the Democratic nomination using only pledged delegates.

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ABC News(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Even after Donald Trump’s projected win in the Indiana primary -- his 28th victory so far this primary season -- those determined to stop him say they will soldier on.

“Obviously Trump’s victory in Indiana makes the road ahead more challenging,” Rory Cooper, a senior adviser for “Never Trump,” a super PAC devoted to stopping the front-runner, said in a statement just minutes after Trump's win was projected. “We will continue to seek opportunities to oppose his nomination and to draw a clear line between him and the values of the conservative cause.”

Cooper confirmed the statement still stands after the announcement that Ted Cruz had suspended his campaign.

The statement did not detail what those upcoming plans would be, beyond saying their organization is “critical” to protecting candidates down the ballot in the fall.

Never means never. #NeverTrump

— #NeverTrump (@NeverTrumpPAC) May 3, 2016

Katie Packer, chair of Our Principles PAC, which is dedicated to stopping Trump, wrote in a statement that there is still time to stop Trump from clinching the necessary 1,237 delegates needed for the nomination before the convention, and she and her group will therefore “continue to educate voters about Trump until he, or another candidate, wins the support of a majority of delegates to the Convention."

“There is more than a month before the California primary -- more time for Trump to continue to disqualify himself in the eyes of voters, as he did yet again today spreading absurd tabloid lies about Ted Cruz's father and the JFK assassination,” Packer wrote.

Almost 58 percent of the money spent in Indiana in the run-up to the election was in an effort to defeat Trump. Our Principles PAC spent $1.4 million on ads, according to an ABC News analysis of broadcast television ad data from CMAG/Kantar Media, but to no avail. The real estate mogul is handily projected to win the Hoosier State.

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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(INDIANAPOLIS) -- ABC News projects Donald Trump will win the Indiana Republican primary, based on analysis of exit poll data and the vote in so far.

Trump will have scooped up his 28th win in a state or primary contest Tuesday night, delivering a blow to the Ted Cruz campaign and the anti-Trump movement.

Indiana was an crucial opportunity for Cruz to stop Trump from reaching the 1,237 number of delegates needed to secure the Republican nomination before the convention this summer.

Nearly half of Indiana GOP primary voters made up their minds over a month ago about who they would vote for, according to preliminary exit polls, and they voted for Trump over Cruz by more than 2-1.

Large support for an outsider candidate in the Hoosier State boosted Trump’s lead.

Furthermore, preliminary exit polls show Trump’s supporters are more excited than Cruz’s about the prospect of their candidate winning the presidency.

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ABCNews.com(EVANSVILLE, Ind.) -- Rafael Cruz, Ted Cruz's father, called Donald Trump’s attempt to link him to John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, "ludicrous."

"It's ludicrous, it's ludicrous," Cruz, 77, told ABC News Tuesday in an interview. "I was never in New Orleans at that time."

On Fox and Friends Tuesday morning, Trump seized on an unsubstantiated National Enquirer story claiming the elder Cruz had ties to Oswald. The tabloid featured a photo of Oswald handing out pro-Fidel Castro pamphlets in New Orleans in 1963 alongside an unidentified man the Enquirer claimed was Rafael Cruz.

"I mean, what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death, before the shooting?" Trump said on Fox. "It's horrible."

In the interview with ABC News, Rafael Cruz lashed out at his son’s GOP rival.

"That's typical of Donald Trump -- just attack and make all kinds of innuendo and attacks with no substance,” Cruz said.

 

Rafael Cruz tells @TomLlamasABC Trump’s allegations are "ludicrous": "That's typical of Donald Trump."https://t.co/CpmgWkpF28

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 3, 2016

 

Rafael Cruz, who is an evangelical pastor, also had a message for Trump: "We will beat him and Ted Cruz will be the next President of the United States."

These comments come just hours after his son, Ted, called the GOP front-runner’s allegations “nuts.”

“Donald Trump alleges that my dad was involved in assassinating JFK. Now, let’s be clear, this is nuts,” the Texas senator said while campaigning in Evansville, Indiana.

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Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hillary Clinton rails against big businesses’ taking advantage of corporate tax loopholes in her stump speeches. But despite a barrage of attack lines on the campaign trail, some of the same companies she has criticized are longtime donors to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Pfizer and Johnson Controls have borne the brunt of such attacks from Hillary Clinton and her most influential campaign surrogate, former President Bill Clinton, after each company announced separate mergers that would take chunks of their businesses overseas to Ireland.

As the Democratic front-runner pursues her bid for the White House, she has proposed a penalty tax for companies that leave the United States after receiving taxpayer dollars to stay afloat, even calling out Johnson Controls on the debate stage.

"They came and got part of the bailout because they were an auto parts supplier. Now they want to move some of their headquarters to Europe. They're going to have to pay an exit fee,” Clinton said at the Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan, in March. “We’re going to stop this job exporting, and we’re going to start importing and growing jobs again in our country.”

Clinton even released an official campaign ad in February where she stood in front of Johnson Controls headquarters in Wisconsin and accused them of “gaming the system.”

The Clinton Foundation confirmed that Pfizer and Johnson Controls have both been Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) members for many years, and the companies have worked on a number of initiatives in partnership with the foundation.

Johnson Controls has contributed a total amount of between $100,001 and $250,000 since 2010, according to the Clinton Foundation, which, as a matter of policy, does not release exact amounts of donations.

The Wisconsin-based automotive parts conglomerate “has not made any financial contributions to CGI since last summer in terms of dues,” Johnson Controls spokesman Fraser Engerman said. The decision to renew CGI commitments for this year has yet to be determined, he added.

Johnson Controls has been a paying member of CGI since 2010, and its contributions are only for membership fees for CGI and CGI America, according to Craig Minassian, a spokesman for the foundation.

According to Minassian, in years past, Johnson Controls has also partnered on nine commitments with the Clinton Global Initiative, and former President Bill Clinton has publicly acknowledged while on the campaign trail some of the work Johnson Controls has done with his foundation.

Back in February on the New Hampshire Primary stump, Bill Clinton praised the foundation’s work with the automotive parts company that drastically reduced the electricity use of the Empire State Building. But Clinton told a room of Keane, New Hampshire, voters that he was “sick,” when he was made aware of the proposed merger with Tyco International. “They call it an inversion. Hillary says it’s a perversion.”

Johnson Controls says it did not receive federal bailout money during the financial crisis. In a testimony before Congress in 2008, former COO Keith Wandell argued that allowing major automakers to go out of business would result in massive job losses, and he did not ask for federal funding. Wandell told Congress that Johnson Controls was profitable and “unlike many automotive suppliers, we would weather this storm.” However, he did lobby in favor of bailouts for many of its major customers, including Ford, Chrysler and General Motors.

Pfizer discontinued making contributions to the Clinton Foundation after the second quarter of 2015, but the Clinton Foundation has confirmed that the pharmaceutical giant began contributing to the foundation again in 2016, which makes this the first round of contributions since the Clinton campaign has made the global pharmaceutical corporation a target on the trail.

Pfizer’s contributions fall between a total of $1,000,001 and $5 million since 2005, according to Minassian.

Back in December, Hillary Clinton said the Pfizer-Allergan merger "gets my blood going” to a crowd in Urbandale, Iowa.

While the Johnson Controls merger with Tyco is still underway, Pfizer has since announced it will not merge with global pharmaceutical company Allergan.

Pfizer, like Johnson Controls, has a long-standing history with the Clinton Foundation and has partnered with the foundation to treat children with malaria and promote disease prevention among other initiatives and has previously sponsored the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting.

“Our donations to any group are guided by the group’s ability to work towards preserving and furthering innovation, as well as expanding access to health care and medicines,” Pfizer spokeswoman Sharon Castillo said. “Since 2006, CGI has been a partner in some of our work in developing countries.”

In the spring of 2015, the Clinton Foundation announced it would make its list of donors public and update the list on a quarterly basis. Such new procedures were taken by the Clinton Foundation after Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign. Hillary Clinton stepped down from the board of the Clinton Foundation in April 2015 before launching her presidential campaign.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz slung mud at each other on Tuesday, as Indiana voters headed to the polls for the state's primary.

It all began in the morning, when Trump was discussing the elder Cruz’s pitch to evangelicals with the hosts of Fox and Friends. Rafael Cruz has exhorted Christians to vote for his son, to avoid what he said would lead to the destruction of the country if Trump becomes president. Trump called his efforts “disgraceful."

"It's disgraceful that his father can go out and do that. And just – and so many people are angry about it,” Trump said. “And the evangelicals are angry about it, the way he does that. And you know, there's a whole thing and, you know, his father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's being -- you know, shot.”

“I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous. What is this, right prior to his being shot, and nobody brings it up. They don't even talk about that,” Trump said on Fox.

He added, "I mean, what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death, before the shooting? It's horrible.”

Ted Cruz then responded while speaking to reporters in Evansville, Indiana.

"I'm going to tell you what I really think of Donald Trump. This man is a pathological liar,” Cruz began. He went on to call him “utterly immoral” and a “serial philanderer.”

And then he delivered the final stab.

"This is not a secret, he’s proud of being a serial philanderer. … The [would-be] president of the United States talks about how great it is to commit adultery, how proud he is, describes his battles with venereal disease as his own personal Vietnam," Cruz said, referencing radio interviews from the 1990s.

Trump responded to Cruz’s comments in a statement Tuesday, calling him a "desperate candidate trying to save his failing campaign.”

The statement added, "Over the last week, I have watched Lyin’ Ted become more and more unhinged…Today’s ridiculous outburst only proves what I have been saying for a long time, that Ted Cruz does not have the temperament to be President of the United States."

The Cruz campaign told ABC News Tuesday in a statement, "Trump is detached from reality, and his false, cheap, meaningless comments every day indicate his desperation to get attention and willingness to say anything to do so," adding, "It's a garbage claim - let Donald talk about garbage, Ted will talk about jobs, freedom and security for the American people."

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iStock/Thinkstock(FLINT, Mich.) -- Governor Rick Snyder is calling on President Obama to drink the water in Flint, Michigan, during his visit Wednesday.

“We are hopeful the president will drink the water in Flint, to help reinforce Gov. Snyder’s actions and the EPA’s message that filtered Flint water is safe to drink,” Snyder's spokeswoman Anna Heaton said in a statement to ABC News.

Asked Monday if the president plans to drink the water in Flint on Wednesday, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said he’s “not aware of any photo-ops that involve the president's consumption of water” but has repeatedly stated the president’s belief -– based on the EPA’s assessment –- that filtered water in Flint is safe to drink.

“What the EPA has communicated to the public is that properly filtered water in Flint is safe to drink. So I certainly would encourage people to continue to listen to the advice that they get from our scientific and public health experts about what water is safe to drink, and the president will certain follow that advice,” Earnest said.

Despite the EPA’s assessment that filtered water is safe to drink, Heaton said that many in Flint continue to drink only bottled water.

Snyder drank filtered tap water in Flint last month to prove that he believes the water is safe to drink.

“Flint residents made it clear that they would like to see me personally drink the water, so today I am fulfilling that request. And I will continue drinking Flint water at work and at home for at least 30 days,” Snyder said in a press release last month.

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White House/Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day, President Obama tweeted his thanks Tuesday to his fifth grade teacher, along with a photo of his fifth grade class.

"To my 5th grade teacher Ms. Mabel Hefty and the educators who inspire our young people every single day: Thank you," Obama wrote.

The tweet came just hours before the president was set to honor the 2016 National Teacher of the Year and this year's finalists at a White House event.

To my 5th grade teacher Ms. Mabel Hefty and the educators who inspire our young people every single day: Thank you. pic.twitter.com/fz2ij8daBg

— President Obama (@POTUS) May 3, 2016

The president expanded on why his fifth grade teacher, Ms. Hefty, had such a lasting impact on him in an email sent to the White House email list last year.

“The first time she called on me, I wished she hadn't. In fact, I wished I were just about anywhere else but at that desk, in that room of children staring at me. But over the course of that year, Ms. Hefty taught me that I had something to say -- not in spite of my differences, but because of them. She made every single student in that class feel special,” Obama wrote.

"She reinforced that essential value of empathy that my mother and my grandparents had taught me. That is something that I carry with me every day as President. This is the simple and undeniable power of a good teacher," the president continued.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Indiana residents are headed to the polls to cast their ballots in what has become one of their most important primaries this election season.

"This may be the first time ever that the Indiana primary has played a significant role in the nomination process," said David Campbell, the chair of the political science department at the University of Notre Dame.

Here are five of the most interesting storylines to watch Tuesday:

1. A Possible Trump Sweep


There is a chance that, despite the regional differences and his lack of hometown advantage, Donald Trump could come out of today's primary with a victory reminiscent of his win in New York.

The two states have somewhat similar hybrid delegate allocation systems, which worked in Trump's favor last time around.

For the Republicans, Indiana delegates are allocated in such a way that one candidate could take all 57 of the possible delegates for the state. The delegates are split between those from individual congressional districts -- three from each of nine districts, or 27 total -- and 30 "at large" delegates awarded to the winner of the entire state.


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2. Adding Carly Fiorina Back in the Race

Even though it is mathematically impossible for him to clinch the Republican nomination before the convention, Sen. Ted Cruz took the unusual step of naming his hypothetical running mate.

The move does not appear to have given him the dramatic boost his campaign was likely hoping for.

There has been no polling in Indiana since Fiorina's involvement was announced, but in a poll completed beforehand, Cruz was in second with 34 points to Trump's 49 points and Gov. John Kasich's 13 points.

And, according to a CNN/ORC national poll released Monday, 67 percent of Republicans said that Fiorina's addition did not have much effect on how they would vote, while 18 percent said it made them more likely to vote for Cruz and 14 percent said less likely.

Marjorie Hershey, a political science professor at Indiana University, said that the Fiorina announcement showed "increased desperation on the Cruz campaign."

"It's not normally regarded as the action of a likely winner. ... Why would he need to do that if he felt really confident?" she told ABC News.

3. The Impact of the Cruz-Kasich 'Alliance'


According to a NBC/WSJ/Marist poll in Indiana released on Sunday, there were more voters in the state that disapproved of the short-lived "alliance" than those that did.

Fifty-eight percent of likely Republican primary voters in Indiana said they disapproved of Cruz and Kasich teaming up to beat Trump in the Hoosier State, while 34 percent said they approved of the move.

Beyond that, Campbell said that the alliance could have cost Kasich some delegates.

"The fact that Kasich hasn't been making appearances and the others have, that undoubtedly matters," Campbell said.

Given that the Republican delegates are allocated based on congressional district outcome in Indiana, it is plausible that Kasich could have taken home a minor win if he had done targeted campaigning. "He had no hope of winning the state, but that's where he would have drawn his support," Campbell said.

4. Sanders' Possible Delegate Additions


A NBC/WSJ/Marist poll in Indiana, released on Sunday, had Sen. Bernie Sanders within the margin of error even though he was trailing Hillary Clinton by four points, 46 to 50.

Sanders can expect to win some delegates, since 83 of the state's Democratic delegates are allocated proportionally. There are nine others that are superdelegates, who can wait until the summer convention in Philadelphia to pledge their support to a candidate. (But seven have already pledged their support to Clinton.)

If Clinton secures 24 of the state's 83 pledged delegates, there will be no way for Sanders to earn enough pledged delegates to secure the nomination outright. He would have to rely on superdelegates. And that's something he does not want to have to do, considering he has railed against the "rigged" system and the superdelegates' power in recent speeches.

"When we talk about a rigged system, it’s also important to understand how the Democratic Convention works,” Sanders said at a rally Monday in Evansville, Indiana. “We have won, at this point, 45 percent of pledged delegates, but we have only earned 7 percent of superdelegates.

“So, in other words, the way the system works, is you have establishment candidates who win virtually all of the superdelegates," he continued. "It makes it hard for insurgent candidacies like ours to win.”


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5. Possible Beginning of the General Election

Trump isn't waiting for the election results to start predicting what's next.

During a campaign stop in Indianapolis on Monday, the real estate mogul turned Republican front-runner made it clear that he will be shifting his attention from the primaries to the general election after Indiana.

"You know, we’ve beaten all of these folks. And, Indiana’s very important because if I win, that’s the end of it," Trump said.

He did hedge slightly, saying "we'll have to see" exactly what happens, but "we are having such popularity here."

When directly asked if he thinks Wednesday will mark the beginning of the general election, he said "yes."

"I mean, it sort of already started," Trump said.

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ABC News(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) — On the eve of the now crucial Indiana primary, Donald Trump sought to let his final crowd in the state know how important their votes are in this election.

“Now Indiana is becoming very important...you folks belong where you belong; it's called Importantville right? I love it,” Trump happily rasped.

Trump's campaign closed out the Hoosier State as it has in so many states, sidestepping the latest controversial comment, mired in a barrage of omnidirectional attacks, fending off flimsy alliances and, in spite of it all -- or perhaps because of it all -- remaining supremely confident.

In his last address to the people of Indiana, Trump’s remarks were almost a "best of" compilation -- he brought up rival Ted Cruz’s birther status, decried the media, hit "low-energy” Jeb Bush and reaffirmed his plans to build a wall.

The businessman had criss-crossed the state, reaching thousands of voters, though making fewer stops than Cruz. Trump was quick to berate his rival, using an attack as an impetus to implore people to vote.

“I think he's crazy. Honestly, I think he's crazy. Lying Ted does not have the temperament to be doing this. He is choking like a dog because he is losing so badly. We have to put him away tomorrow folks. We gotta get out and vote," Trump said.

Trump also touted the endorsements of big Indiana names, including famed Indiana University Coach Bobby Knight and former Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz.

Knight, a man known for his fiery temper, appeared at three events with the Republican frontrunner, proudly declaring in Evansville "that son of a b---- could play for me!”

But even as his crowds swelled and endorsements poured in, Trump could not escape his own greatest foe -- his mouth.

Trump accused Hillary Clinton of playing the "woman’s card," after which his Democratic rival had her two best days of fundraising ever. While denouncing China’s trade policies, Trump said that the country has been “raping” the United States. And he touted the endorsement of Mike Tyson, saying that he wasn’t aware the boxer had ever been convicted of rape.

Despite seeming missteps in recent weeks, though, Trump looks poised to capture Indiana, narrow Cruz says he sees towards winning the nomination. Cruz and John Kasich had tried to derail Trump’s efforts by announcing that they would get out of each other’s way in states the other was likely to win.

Despite seeming missteps in recent weeks, though, Trump looks poised to capture Indiana, increasing the likelihood that he'll manage to win the delegates needed to clinch the nomination. Cruz and John Kasich had tried to derail Trump’s efforts by announcing that they would get out of each other’s way in states where the other was likely to win. However, the strategy has yet to pay off.

Daniel Sharp, of Mishawaka, was not impressed.

"I think they should be able to stand on their own two feet. If they can’t win the votes from the people, all this alliance nonsense is just more political corruption as usual,” he said.

Sharp was in attendance at Trump’s final rally in South Bend. He believes Trump will win the state handily. He mentioned the Hail Mary that Cruz threw last week by announcing Carly Fiorina as his Vice Presidential pick should he get the nomination.

"I don’t think it’s going to make a difference,” Sharp said. "I think the writing’s on the wall for Mr. Cruz.”
 
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ABC News(WILLIAMSON, W.Va.) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton kicked off a two-day tour of West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky by saying she was "sad" and "sorry" about the reaction to her saying in a CNN town hall in March, “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”

At a campaign event in Williamson, West Virginia, on Monday evening, Bo Copley, who identified himself as an out-of-work coal miner, poignantly asked Clinton "how you can say you’re going to put a lot of coal miners out of -- out of jobs and then come in here and tell us how you’re going to be our friend.

"Because those people out there don’t see you as a friend," Copley said, referring to protesters who had gathered outside the Williamson Health and Wellness Center.

“What I said was totally out of context from what I meant,” Clinton told Copley, “because I have been talking about helping coal country for a very long time.”

She called her comment at the CNN town hall a “misstatement.”

“What I was saying is that, the way things are going now, we will continue to lose jobs,” she said. “That’s what I meant to say.”

She added, “I do feel a little bit sad and sorry that I gave folks the reason or the excuse to be so upset with me because that is not what I intended at all.”

The exchange was another sign that the Clinton name -- once popular in coal country -- is now a tough sell for voters whose local economies have been devastated by closing coal mines. Over the weekend, Clinton's most important campaign surrogate -- husband and former President Bill Clinton -- made his way to Logan, West Virginia, a town of less than 2,000 people nestled along the Guyandotte River, where residents didn’t exactly roll out the red carpet.

A local public relations professional, Dave Allen, sent an email to a representative in West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s office ahead of the scheduled event asking that the Clintons not campaign on city property.

“Bill and Hillary Clinton are simply not welcome in our town,” the email message said. “Mrs. Clinton’s anti-coal messages are the last thing our suffering town needs at this point.”

Allen, who said he sent the message on behalf of the City of Logan, explained to ABC News that the “intention was not to stop the event. They just wanted to send a message.”

Sen. Manchin, who was on hand to introduce the former president at Logan Middle School on Sunday, was interrupted by boos and protests from the audience.

“I understand; I feel the pain, guys,” the Democratic senator said. “Bill and Hillary Clinton can carry the suffering that we’ve got.”

He added, “The economy is horrible, and we’re fighting every day to change that,” specifically blaming President Obama and his energy policies.

Across the street, supporters of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump held signs that read “coal” and “vote for Trump, vote for jobs.” A few supporters of Democratic rival Bernie Sanders joined in, as well. On stage, Bill Clinton was unruffled despite being booed and heckled by a group of demonstrators.

“This state’s not that different from the one I grew up in,” he said, referring to Arkansas.

On stage, Clinton said he told his wife, “I want you to send me to West Virginia," to send him to "any place in America that feels left out and left behind.”

But so far the Clintons have had a rocky start to their “Breaking Down Barriers” tour of Appalachia, where Hillary Clinton has promised to “focus on the aspirations and needs of families, especially in often overlooked or underserved communities across the country." West Virginia holds its Democratic primary on May 10 and Kentucky holds its primary on May 17.

At an event earlier Monday in Ashland, Kentucky, Clinton said she wanted her husband to "come out of retirement” to help her come up with a manufacturing and jobs plan if she wins the White House.

"I’ve told my husband he’s got to come out of retirement and be in charge of this because, you know, he’s got more ideas a minute than anybody I know,” Clinton said.

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