Key Donald Trump win puts him closer to White House
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton looked set for a decisively successful Mid West night as early results from the Indiana Primary showed them well of their rivals - something that underscored their status as their parties' presumptive candidates.
Within moments of the polls closing at 7pm, two major American broadcasters called for the race for the New York tycoon.
With less than ten per cent of the polls having been counted, the New York tycoon was on 54 points, with Senator Ted Cruz on 32 and John Kasich trailing in third place on ten points.
In the Democratic race, Hillary Clinton was leading Bernie Sanders by 52-48.
While Ms Clinton had gone into the day with polls suggesting she had a lead of six or seven points, on Tuesday morning her campaign had repeatedly said it was bracing for a loss.
The results arrived after a campaign in Indiana that was never less than strange and which ended in a utterly bizarre day that saw Mr Trump and Mr Cruz hurt insults and jibes at each other.
Mr Trump had fired things up by repeating to Fox News, a claim made in the supermarket tabloid, the National Enquirer, that Mr Cruz's father was somehow somehow involved in the assassination of President John F Kennedy.
"His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's being - you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous," Mr Trump said.
"What is this, right prior to his being shot, and nobody even brings it up. They don't even talk about that. That was reported, and nobody talks about it."
Mr Cruz was unable to contain his rage when he was informed of the tycoon's comments. "While I'm at it, I guess I should go ahead and admit, yes, my dad killed JFK, he is secretly Elvis and Jimmy Hoffa is buried in his backyard."
He said that Mr Trump was an "utterly amoral ... narcissist", "a pathological liar" and a "serial philanderer".
Mr Trump had said over the weekend that he considered the race would be decided if won in Indiana, with its haul of 57 delegates, 30 of them on a winner takes all basis and the remainder by Congressional district.
Speaking in the city of Carmel on Monday, he continued with this theme.
"We're doing great," he said of his campaign. "If we win in Indiana, it's all over. We have a very easy path."
He added: "It's a movement. Something is going on. We're going to straighten it out."