Liveblogging the Thrilla in Indiana

Pundits say it will all come down to Indiana. Will Trump knock out his last strong opponent, Ted Cruz? The brawl begins, or rather ends, as polls close at 6 p.m. Eastern time.

Cruz has gone all out to win Indiana, but Trump leads by double digits in the latest poll. Conventional wisdom says the state is a natural fit for Cruz, but many factors suggest the Hoosier State is Trump country, especially the manufacturing presence and the fact that, while the state has a lot of "evangelicals," few of them attend church regularly.

Indiana will bind 57 delegates tonight: 30 delegates to the state-wide winner and 3 each to the winner in each of nine congressional districts. This means that even a small win tonight translates into a large delegate win. Nevertheless, a Trump victory tonight does not guarantee him the nomination -- that honor goes to California.

Still, it's a high stakes fight tonight, and Cruz and Trump have decided not to pull their punches. Cruz said the race is a battle between good and "evil," and Trump accused the Texas senator's father of playing a role in the JFK assassination. Stay tuned to see who gets knocked out.

 

10:29 p.m.

Sorry, but this is too good not to share.

10:22 p.m.

That's all, folks. Trump won, Cruz pulled out (I'll have another post soon on why that was a boneheaded mistake), and Sanders beat Hillary, but not by enough to really push the needle in the delegate count. We're pretty much set for Trump vs. Clinton, so a lot of conservatives are searching for option 3. Hopefully, the Bernie folks will be searching for option 3 as well.

In any case, these liveblogs have been fun. Not sure when the next one will be.

If you want more, be sure to say so via this Twitter poll. Until then, we'll see you on the main page!

10:16 p.m.

Many Dems say this.

The other ones say this.

10:13 p.m.

This is funny.

Posted without comment.

10:05 p.m.

Take that, socialists.

Um, yeah. But you "won with women" a lot less than you won with men.

10:04 p.m.

On both sides, yes. A socialist and a crony capitalist.

Wow, OK Sanders folks. That's ... fun.

10:02 p.m.

Lol.

Who would have thought it would be the Democrats with the contested convention?

9:59 p.m.

Seriously though, who's your pick now?

And this is the Bernie people right now.

9:56 p.m.

There is an arguable case to be made here.

He finally gets some belated respect from The Donald.

9:54 p.m.

I would say "my thoughts exactly," but... my thoughts exactly.

Oh obituaries.