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Local Republicans react to Kasich, Cruz suspending campaigns

John Kasich suspended his campaign Wednesday. (Image Source: WLOX News) John Kasich suspended his campaign Wednesday. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Ted Cruz suspended his campaign Tuesday after losing Indiana. (Image Source: WLOX File) Ted Cruz suspended his campaign Tuesday after losing Indiana. (Image Source: WLOX File)
Donald Trump will now go to the Republican National convention uncontested. (Image Source: WLOX File) Donald Trump will now go to the Republican National convention uncontested. (Image Source: WLOX File)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

As the Indiana primaries were coming to a close Tuesday night, Harrison County Republican Women's Club Vice President Katherine Decoito says she was keeping her fingers crossed for Ted Cruz.

"We were watching the numbers. We were still holding on to hope that something would turn around. We were very disappointed," said Decoito. 

Ted Cruz suspended his campaign shortly after, and then John Kasich followed suit on Wednesday, leaving Donald Trump to go into July's Republican National Convention uncontested. For Decoito, it has all happened so fast, she hasn't made up her mind as to whether or not she will even vote for Trump if he is declared the Republican nominee. 

"In other words, I feel like If I'm going to lose, I want to lose to a true enemy rather then to elect a false friend," said Decoito.  

Kerry Ryan is a former president of the the Harrison County Republican Women's Club. She is a supporter of Donald Trump, and she feels the focus of the Republican Party right now has to be unity. 

"Hopefully within the next few days, emotions will calm down and the people will realize we need to get together as Republicans in order to beat the Democratic candidate," said Ryan.

Trump still needs a couple hundred more delegates on his side before victory can be declared, but Brian Brox, a professor of political science at Tulane University, believes in the absence of any undeclared competitor, there won't be any kind of efforts to drum up votes against Trump. 

"It looks like he will probably amass the necessary votes to win on the first ballot at the convention in Cleveland." said Brox.

Shortly after Ted Cruz suspended his campaign Tuesday, Governor Phil Bryant urged the GOP to unify and he offered his support to Trump. Congressman Steven Palazzo also publicly endorsed Trump Tuesday night.

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