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By Ginger Gibson and Alana Wise INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Reuters) - Billionaire Donald Trump assumed the mantle of presumptive Republican presidential nominee on Wednesday with a message on unity that also suggested he was not going to work too hard to placate some party establishment figures angered by his outsider candidacy. The former reality television star, who has never held public office, won a commanding victory in Indiana's primary on Tuesday, forcing his main rival, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, to drop out of the race. Trump's win cleared the way him to prepare for a likely match-up in the Nov. 8 general election against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
November's US presidential election is taking shape: Republican billionaire Donald Trump and Democratic power player Hillary Clinton look set for an ugly battle for the White House after a bruising primary season. Trump knocked out his only serious challenger Ted Cruz on Tuesday in Indiana's key primary, winning 53 percent of the vote against 37 percent for the Texas senator, who raised the white flag and surprisingly pulled out of the race. Over the course of the past 10 months, the 69-year-old Trump -- a Manhattan real estate mogul with no political experience -- has defied the odds, dispatching more than a dozen rivals with more conventional political pedigrees.