Donald Trump鈥檚 path to the Republican Party nomination聽became significantly more straightforward last聽week when first Cruz, and then one day later, John Kasich dropped out of the race. It won鈥檛 be official until the party鈥檚 convention in late July, but with no opponents, Trump is the candidate in waiting.聽After Cruz and Kasich鈥檚 rather surprising campaign suspensions this week, we were reminded of all the men (and one woman) who signed up to win the Republican nomination this campaign cycle, and of the many ridiculous聽political memes聽from this election that are fit for a dystopian dark comedy. Here are nine memes and moments from the Republican primary the Internet won鈥檛 let you forget.

1. Ted Cruz鈥檚 Unfortunate Ending

鈥淭here is no substitute for the America that each and every one of us loves with all of our heart,鈥 said Ted Cruz last Tuesday night as he announced the suspension of his campaign for president. It was a somber moment for Cruz and his supporters. He鈥檇 just lost the Indiana primary, which he鈥檇 hoped (and schemed聽with rival candidate John Kasich) to win. Then he elbowed his wife in the face as he attempted to embrace a group of people who鈥檇 been standing behind him :(

2. Ted Cruz, Zodiac Killer

Ted Cruz Zodiac Killer

While the first known reference to Ted Cruz as the serial killer who terrorized the Bay Area in the 鈥60s and 鈥70s is from a 2013 tweet, the meme gained prominence in the latter half of 2015. It鈥檚 hard to put a finger on why, exactly, people glommed onto this idea so enthusiastically. Sure, scientists have weighed in聽on the appeal of Cruz鈥檚 face, but, um, importantly, Cruz wasn鈥檛 even born when the Zodiac Killer began his reign of terror!聽(Photo via Ted Cruz Is the Zodiac Killer/Facebook)

3. John Kasich forgotten amid the chaos

The February 6 Republican presidential debate聽yielded one of the most immediately memorable moments in an election cycle that seems tailor-made for the Internet age; it鈥檚 one we鈥檝e written about before. But if you were busy laughing at the sight of Ben Carson and Donald Trump standing aside as candidates strode past them onto the stage, you may not have noticed that the announcers completely forgot about John Kasich, who was slated to enter last. His head is visible poking out behind Trump and Carson, but the talking heads don鈥檛 call for him until Chris Christie says, 鈥淲here鈥檚 Kasich? Can聽I introduce Kasich?鈥澛營t was a fitting introduction for a man who somehow lasted until the very end, but was never really a serious contender.

3. Marco Rubio鈥檚 talking points

It鈥檚 a bit of a slow burn, but in the video above (also from the February 6 debate鈥 what a night), Marco Rubio answers several different questions with some variation of 鈥淏arack Obama knows exactly what he鈥檚 doing,鈥 whether it鈥檚 relevant to the question or not. Politicians often rely on soundbites and talking points, but at the very least, we should expect someone running for president to be capable of tailoring those points to the question at hand. Instead, Marco Rubio, who sounded like a broken robot, didn鈥檛 meet that baseline expectation.

As various outlets happily pointed out in the following days, this wasn鈥檛 a one-time problem, but a particularly obvious example of a method聽Rubio relied on over and over again. And Chris Christie takes obvious pleasure in pointing that out; at the end of this exchange, he says, 鈥淚t gets very ugly when [Marco] gets off his talking points.鈥 While he kept up his campaign for another month and a half, this was the point at which many people stopped hinging their hopes on Rubio as the establishment candidate who could stop Donald Trump.

4. Ben Carson, mild-mannered brain surgeon and聽violent criminal

Ben Carson鈥檚 unusually聽calm demeanor was the subject of much mockery and attention during his run for president, not least because he was prone to making wildly controversial statements with a quiet smile on his face, hands folded together. On the campaign trail, Carson liked to talk about the temper he had as a young man, and the fact that he tried to stab a close friend before finding God and becoming a renowned doctor. The idea that this man, so unflappably calm that he could become a national laughingstock and continue on with the exact same serene smile on his face, once tried to stab someone is so outlandish that Saturday Night Live devoted an entire sketch to it.

5. Chris Christie鈥檚 existential crisis

For a strong politician who was considered a natural presidential nominee, Chris Christie had a surprisingly tepid run this year. The brightest moment of his campaign was probably the debate in which he attacked Marco Rubio鈥檚 talking points. Beyond that, the meme shared 鈥檙ound the web was Chris Christie鈥檚 face as he intro-ed Trump at the Republican candidate鈥檚 Super Tuesday victory rally.聽Please see (and try to caption?) above. It is, in short, mesmerizing.

6. Jeb Bush was 鈥渁 low energy individual鈥

The 2016 Republican nomination race has been entirely dominated by Donald Trump鈥檚 combination of media savvy and outrageous statements (not that the two are entirely separate), and all the other candidates struggled聽to keep up in a competition in which the terms were dictated by the frontrunner. Ted Cruz fared all right, partly because he offered similarly extreme positions on things like immigration. Jeb Bush decided to run as a moderate, relying on his more polite style of campaigning to signal to voters his refined sensibilities. Unfortunately, he realized far too late that polite isn鈥檛 selling this year. Donald Trump cut to the quick by calling Bush 鈥渓ow energy,鈥 which functioned both as a comment on his genteel campaigning聽and a slight to his manhood.

7. Rand Paul dropped out after one caucus

Rand Paul Holds Caucus Day Rally In Des Moines

Two years ago, Rand Paul was being touted as the all-but-inevitable winner of the Republican nomination. Even one year ago Business Insiderhad him as the frontrunner. If you could accurately predict the winner of such a consequential competition聽years in advance, wouldn鈥檛 you? But鈥 you can鈥檛, and neither could the people who said Paul would win. Not only is he not the nominee, but he also didn鈥檛 even make it past the first competition. Paul finished聽fifth in the Iowa caucuses and suspended his campaign the next day. Woops. (Photo via Peter Marovich/Getty Images)

8. Carly Fiorina Dropped Out Twice

Republican Candidate Sen. Ted Cruz Campaigns In Provo, Utah

Carly Fiorina has now dropped out of the race twice this year. First, she left the race for the Republican nomination after poor showings in both Iowa and New Hampshire. Then in late April, Ted Cruz announced that she would be his running mate, which was a bold move for a man who was not winning his party鈥檚 nomination. Running mates are typically chosen by actual nominees, after all. Barely a week after the announcement, Ted Cruz and, with him, Carly Fiorina bowed out of the race. Carly鈥檚 run for VP was the shortest in recent history, according to Vox. (Photo via George Frey/Getty Images)

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