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ABC News(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — John Kasich will announce he’s suspending his presidential campaign later Wednesday at an event in Columbus, Ohio, at 5 p.m. ET., according to a senior campaign official.

Earlier Wednesday, the Ohio governor canceled his scheduled press conference in Virginia and announced an evening event in his home state.

The move comes less than 24-hours after Donald Trump won the Indiana primary, defeating Kasich and rival Ted Cruz, who ended his own presidential bid Tuesday night. The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, declared in a tweet last night that Trump will be the “presumptive” GOP nominee.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump has fully turned his attention to the general election and is openly speculating about the qualifications he would look for in a vice president.

"I think probably I would like to go with somebody with great political experience," Trump told Good Morning America Wednesday of his potential pick.

He doesn't have "a name in mind,” Trump said, but there are certain boxes that will need to be checked.

His vice presidential pick would definitely be a Republican and would "most likely" be an elected official, he said.

Some of his most prominent supporters, including former rival Gov. Chris Christie and former Gov. Sarah Palin, would both fit that bill.

Ben Carson has also been one of Trump's most vocal supporters since he endorsed the real estate mogul after dropping out of the race himself. But Carson has never held elected office, which would appear to disqualify him for a spot on Trump's ticket.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is still in the running for the Republican nomination himself, but has also dismissed earlier questions about the prospect of his settling for a vice presidential spot. Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. Scott Walker and former Gov. Jeb Bush have also said in some form or another that they would not be interested in a vice presidential bid.

Trump detailed his vision of a vice president as someone with an extensive understanding of the inner-workings of Washington.

"I would like to have somebody who would truly be good with respect to dealing with the Senate, dealing with Congress, getting legislation passed, working toward something where we're not signing executive orders every three days like President Obama does," Trump said this morning.

For that, he could consider someone right from the inside, like Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who has been a Trump supporter and whom Trump name-checked during his Indiana victory speech Tuesday night.

Or, another name that is regularly floated is that of former House speaker and former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, who represented Georgia.

Gingrich, who lost the 2012 nomination to Mitt Romney, has praised Trump during the primary and Tuesday night told Fox News that the real estate mogul "may turn out to be the most effective, anti-left leader in our lifetime."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton leads Republican front-runner Donald Trump by double digits in a new CNN-ORC national poll.

The numbers come as Trump's main rival, Sen. Ted Cruz, dropped out of the race, virtually clearing the way for Trump to clinch the nomination.

Clinton's delegate lead over rival Sen. Bernie Sanders is also nearly insurmountable, despite her loss in Indiana Tuesday.

The poll shows Trump tied with Clinton among men but trailing her among women by 26 percentage points. He leads whites by 9 points but trails nonwhites by a whopping 67 points. He also trails among independents by 11 points. 

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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."

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) -- 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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