Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- While the Republican field has now been cleared for Donald Trump, the road ahead is still messy for the front-runner to become the official nominee at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, in July.
Currently, Trump has 1,012 bound delegates, plus an additional 43 unbound delegates who are free agents -- though they have told ABC News they support Trump.
Most likely, Trump will hit and far surpass the needed 1,237 in total delegates on June 7, when delegate-rich states like New Jersey and California cast their ballots. He is predicted to take most of the 228 delegates up for grabs on that day.
Before June 7, though it is mathematically impossible for Trump to clinch the nomination with only bound delegates, he could still hit the winning delegate number with unbound (free agent) delegates after the primaries in Oregon and Washington, which happen in late May.
To do this, he will need to win by wide margins in both states. He will also need to take winner-take-all Nebraska and earn the allegiance of nearly all of the currently uncommitted, unbound delegates and those who currently back Ted Cruz.
Heading into Cleveland, Trump will likely pick up some of the 545 delegates currently pledged to Ted Cruz and 153 pledged to John Kasich.
The GOP leaves it up to the state Republican parties to determine how these delegates are allocated after candidates drop out. In many states, delegates become unbound, sometimes only after the candidate withdraws in writing. In other states, delegates remain locked in even when the candidate leaves the race. In a small number of states, the state party will reallocate the delegates to a remaining candidate, according to election expert Josh Putnam.
As Cruz and Kasich delegates become free agents, there is likely to be unity around Trump, said a GOP insider. “We will see pockets of resistance, but generally what we have seen historically is the party apparatus falls into place behind the presumptive nominee.”
At the polls, low voter turnout and disproportionate numbers of Trump supporters are expected, said Putnam, even though Cruz and Kasich’s names will remain on most ballots. “Once the last viable challenger has dropped out, voters are less inclined to come out when their vote won’t be meaningful and decisive.”
While the possibility of a contested convention is essentially off the table, the Republican National Convention could still get heated. “It will still have its Cruz sympathizers and Party regulars who may try to reign in Trump,” said a GOP insider, “but the motivation will be to line up behind him.”
Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHTINGTON) -- A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Hillary Clinton may have to give a deposition in the case over her use of private email.
The statement is another turn in the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit between conservative group Judicial Watch and the State Department, in progress at the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C.
Judge Emmet G. Sullivan issued an order Wednesday saying that it “may be necessary” for the Plaintiff to seek a deposition from the former Secretary of State, as part of the discovery process. The case ultimately seeks to determine whether or not the State Department complied fully with Judicial Watch’s request for all relevant employment records of Ms. Huma Abedin, one of Clinton’s long time aides.
Judicial Watch is seeking an answer to whether Abedin’s employment status with the State Department and other outside groups connected to Clinton broke any rules. The group sued the State Department for relevant documents. During thee court proceedings, Clinton’s email -- and the question of whether or not she deliberately sought to hide information normally subject to FOIA -- has been a central topic of discussion.
"Based on information learned during discovery, the deposition of Mrs. Clinton may be necessary," Judge Sullivan wrote. "If Plaintiff believes Mrs. Clinton’s testimony is required, it will request permission from the Court at the appropriate time.”
Ultimately, Wednesday's ruling means that the Judicial Watch lawyers could be allowed to grill Clinton about her email setup, possibly on tape.
The judge also approved plans to get sworn testimony over the next eight weeks from seven on Clinton’s aides and State Department staffers, including Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin, Patrick Kennedy and Bryan Pagliano.
Judge Sullivan's statement today still leaves the question open; Clinton is not, as of now, definitively ordered to give the deposition.
The State Department said it would not discuss ongoing litigation and Clinton's campaign did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.
ABC News(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — John Kasich announced Wednesday evening he was suspending his presidential campaign.
“As I suspend my campaign today, I have renewed faith, deeper faith that the Lord will show me the way forward and fulfill the purpose of my life,” the Ohio governor said in the same refurbished barn where former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger endorsed him on March 6.
Kasich began his speech by thanking his wife, twin 16-year-old daughters, and individual members of his staff by name. He thanked volunteers and praised his colleagues in Ohio.
“Nobody has ever done more with less in the history of politics than what the staff has done,” Kasich said.
He at times appeared on the verge of tears as he described how emotional encounters with Americans across the country had changed him.
“They encouraged me,” he said, choking up. "The people of our country changed me. They changed me with the stories of their lives.”
The move comes less than 24 hours after Republican front-runner Donald Trump won Indiana’s GOP primary, defeating Kasich and Ted Cruz, the Texas senator who ended his own presidential bid last night.
The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, said in a tweet last night that Trump will be the “presumptive” GOP nominee. Kasich only won one state contest -- his home state of Ohio -- and failed to reach the number of delegates to compete with Trump at this summer's Republican national convention.
Kasich announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on July 21, 2015.
“I am here to ask you for your prayers, for your support, for your efforts, because I have decided to run for President of the United States,” Kasich said at The Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio, at the time.
Kasich was invited to every “main stage” Republican primary debate, although with so many other candidates on stage, he failed to have a true break-out moment. As mudslinging broke out among the other GOP candidates, Kasich strove to portray himself as staying above the fray, calling himself the “prince of light and hope.”
Jill Knight/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Justice Department has sent a letter informing the state government in North Carolina that the state's House Bill 2 violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act.
The department gave the state until Monday to respond to the letter “by confirming that the State will not comply with or implement HB2.”
A Justice Department source tells ABC News that the Justice Department hopes that the state will comply with the letter voluntarily. If the state does not, the source said that the Justice Department will use other tools at its disposal, but did not specifically list the possible punishments.
In response, Governor Pat McCrory said in a statement that his office will work to determine the next steps in addressing the letter.
“A claim by the Obama administration charges that one part of House Bill 2, which requires state employees in public government buildings and students in our universities to use a restroom, locker room and shower facility that match their biological sex, is now in violation of federal law. The Obama administration has not only staked out its position for North Carolina, but for all states, universities and most employers in the U.S.," the statement reads.
“The right and expectation of privacy in one of the most private areas of our personal lives is now in jeopardy. We will be reviewing to determine the next steps.”
The law, which critics say is anti-LGBT because it discriminates against gay and transgender residents, has been the source of controversy since it was first introduced. But supporters argue the law defends religious liberty and protects girls in public restrooms.
HB2 was signed into law by Gov. McCrory in March, and directs all public schools, government agencies and public college campuses to require that multiple-occupancy bathrooms and changing facilities, such as locker rooms, be designated for use only by people based on their "biological sex" stated on their birth certificate. Transgender people can use the bathrooms and changing facilities that correspond to their gender identity only if they get the biological sex on their birth certificate changed.
The law also declares that state law overrides all local ordinances concerning wages, employment and public accommodations. So, the law bars local municipalities from creating their own rules prohibiting discrimination in public places based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The White House(FLINT, Mich.) -- President Obama drank filtered Flint water during a visit to the Michigan city Wednesday as he received a first-hand look at the crisis he has said deeply affected him as a parent.
The president’s water sip came as he met with federal officials at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan to receive a briefing on the federal response to the Flint water crisis. The president said that filtered water in Flint is safe for individuals over the age of 6 and urged residents to use filters for their water as directed by the Environmental Protection Agency. He noted that the EPA still recommends pregnant women and children under the age of 6 should drink bottled water out of an abundance of caution.
The president also said it may take years to replace the pipes for the city's water system.
Obama's visit comes two weeks after two state officials and one city official were charged following an investigation of elevated lead levels in the city's drinking water.
Ahead of the president's visit, Gov. Rick Snyder urged Obama to drink the city's water to show the country it is now safe.
Obama will later visit a local high school to hold a roundtable with community members before delivering remarks on the crisis.
Obama previewed his visit last week, saying he hoped it would "shine a spotlight" not just on the city of Flint, but other communities across the country facing similar issues.
"We have underinvested in some of our basic infrastructure that we rely on for our public health," Obama said. "Hopefully it will give me a chance to speak to the nation as a whole about how we need to ensure that our air is clear, our water is clean, and that our kids are safe.”
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday not to expect the president to point fingers at government officials or agencies tangled up in the controversy.
"I don’t ... expect for the president to spend a lot of time talking about specific accountability," Earnest said. "Primarily because there continues to be ongoing investigations into that accountability, and the President doesn’t want to be perceived as weighing in on one side or the other."
The White House(WASHINGTON) -- A day after the Republican National Committee announced Donald Trump “will be presumptive GOP nominee,” Vice President Biden let it be known he still doesn't take the business mogul seriously.
"I anticipate he'll ask me to be vice president," Biden said, responding to a shouted question at the State Department Wednesday.
The room full of Central American heads of delegation laughed and Biden cracked a smile before adding, "I have nothing serious to say."
If Trump is to be believed, Biden would fit several of the candidate's stated prerequisites for his hopeful VP pick.
Trump told Good Morning America Wednesday he would hope to have someone with "great political experience" who is skilled in dealing with the Senate.
But don't expect to see a Trump- Biden ticket any time soon because the New York real estate developer also told ABC News that his pick would "definitely" be a Republican.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- British bookmaker William Hill is now giving Donald Trump a 33 percent chance of winning the U.S. presidential election in November, comparing the presumptive nominee to the Leicester City soccer team.
Trump's victory in Tuesday's Indiana primary has boosted his chances of winning the general election, the betting site said, comparing Trump's rise to that of the underdog soccer team that clinched a victory in the Premier League on Tuesday after a fairy tale rise from the bottom of the league.
Trump has also come a long way in terms of betting odds: He was first offered to bettors with "no-hope odds" of 200-to-1 to make it to the White House, according to the bookmaker. After last night's primary, his odds are 2-to-1, or 33 percent.
"We've just paid out on the longest odds ever seen in U.K. sport of 5,000-to-1 on soccer club Leicester City winning the Premier League," betting website William Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe said in a statement. In other words, bettors risked $1 to win $5,000 off the wager. "Now, Donald Trump is set to become our longest ever political odds winner."
Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton is still the favorite to win in November, with a 73 percent chance, or 4-to-11, following her loss in Indiana to rival Bernie Sanders.
While betting on political contests is illegal in the U.S., it's permitted in the U.K. One of Trump's biggest bettors is a British investor who placed about $10,400 in bets and hopes to win $112,000 from William Hill. John Mappin, owner of the Camelot Castle Hotel in Cornwall, England, began betting on Trump in July when the candidate was 20-to-1 to become the Republican candidate.
Sharpe said he and many others underestimated Trump's appeal and commitment and could pay the price.
"Donald Trump was seen originally in being a useful figure to make people aware of the impending election before the serious contenders moved him aside and decided who would be Hillary's authentic challenger," Sharpe told ABC News.
According to Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, both Trump and Clinton’s odds have improved in the past month as they both increased their lead over their competition.
On the other hand, Sanders was 20-to-1 last month, and went to 40-to-1 after New York’s primary results on April 19, according to Paddy Power. But now the Democratic ticket hopeful has settled into 33-to-1 following his surprise win on Tuesday.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich was 80-to-1 last month to win the election in November, but now he's a very unlikely 125-to-1 shot, Paddy Power said.
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."
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.
ABC News(NEW YORK) — Republican front-runner Donald Trump Wednesday refused to apologize for citing an unsubstantiated report that Ted Cruz's father was photographed with the John F. Kennedy assassin, saying no one has denied it.
"I don't think anybody denied it," he told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America.
Cruz and his father both denied the report Tuesday before Cruz dropped out of the 2016 race after losing the Indiana primary.
United States Senate(NEW YORK) — While some in the GOP may be coming to grips with Donald Trump as their standard bearer this November, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren took to Twitter Tuesday night to make clear how she feels about the possibility of Trump in the White House.
In a series of tweets, Warren slammed what she calls the Trump campaign's "racism, sexism, and xenophobia," and said she will do everything in her power to keep him from winning the general election.
.@realDonaldTrump is now the leader of the @GOP. It's real - he is one step away from the White House.
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:
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.
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."
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."