It appeared Nebraska lost its chance to be in the political limelight.
The Republican presidential primary effectively ended when New York businessman Donald Trump defeated Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the Indiana primary. Cruz dropped out. Ohio Gov. John Kasich dropped out.
Cruz canceled a scheduled rally in Nebraska.
During a stop in Omaha, Trump urged Nebraska Republicans to go to the polls tomorrow and vote for him.
“If you can, on Tuesday, it will take you two minutes. Go in, vote. The stronger we look, the stronger we are, we’ve had more votes than anybody and don’t forget, I started out with 17 people (running in the Republican presidential primary) and one-by-one, one-by-one, it was a beautiful thing to watch,” Trump said to applause.
Many political pundits forecast a Cruz victory in Nebraska, part of his strategy to keep Trump from getting the needed delegate pledges to guarantee the nomination at the party convention. The strategy collapsed in wake of the Trump win last week.
Trump showed no signs that he took the nomination for granted.
“On Tuesday, go vote. In November, go vote,” Trump told Nebraskans, adding a promise. “I’ll be back here, don’t worry about it. We’ll be back. We’ll see you again. But, go vote.”
Trump stuck to the theme that has helped him roll to impressive victories throughout the Republican primary.
“And I will tell you, you will be so proud of your country again and we’re going to start winning, winning, winning, winning,” Trump said.
Trump said his campaign is turning things around.
“How am I doing? Am I doing a good job? But we have a message. We have the right message. We’re tired of being dopes. We’re tired of being the stupid people.”