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The Cruel Paradox That Explains Ted Cruz’s Rise and Fall

After alienating his colleagues, few rallied to support the Texas senator’s presidential bid. He dropped out on Tuesday.
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Ted Cruz Ends Presidential Bid

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Ted Cruz rose in the presidential race by painting Republican leaders as sellouts and insisting only he had the courage to fight a broken system. Those same elites returned the favor by snubbing him when it mattered most, refusing to rally the party behind him and all but ensuring that Donald Trump will be the nominee after winning Indiana.

“What goes around comes around in politics,” said Ron Bonjean, a former senior aide to several congressional Republican leaders. “It's very clear he's dug his own grave. And he'll have to live with that. By taking a flamethrower to the Senate floor he ended up burning himself in the process.”