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US Elections 2016: Presidential candidates shift focus to New York state ahead of primary

Washington: The crucial New York state primary is scheduled for next week, and all presidential candidates are focusing on this.

The candidates are busy airing campaign commercials and making multiple stops across the state in order to win the endorsement of as many delegates as they can. There are 95 delegates up for grabs for the Republicans and 291 on the Democratic side.

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump held a huge rally at the Times Union Center in Albany on Monday night and talked about "winning" as he addressed the huge crowd. 'We're going to win so much, you may even get tired of winning!" Trump told the crowd.

Trump also indulged in some whining about the weekend's results in Colorado, where U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) won a sweep of the Republican delegates. "It's a rigged, disgusting, dirty system," Trump said. "It's a dirty system."

It is notable that Cruz won all 34 delegates at local conventions in the Centennial State. It may be recalled that just eight months ago Republicans in Colorado had decided to cancel voting in a traditional presidential preference poll. Cruz organized his people in time, but the Trump camp is surprised over the development. "It's a fix, because we thought we were having an election," Trump said.

Cruz was dismissive of Trump as he spoke in California Monday. "Donald has been yelling, and screaming," Cruz said. "He's supposed to be someone who can create these huge amazingly effective organizations," said Cruz co-chair Michael Schroeder. "He doesn't even have a campaign manager yet in California."

Ohio Gov. John Kasich was also in New York state Monday, addressing a rally in Saratoga Springs. Kasich is currently the third among GOP delegates but second in New York primary polls. "Don't be trying to predict how many I'll have cause I'm not gonna try and predict it, but I'll have more than I have right now and we'll be viable," Kasich told "Face the Nation."

Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton addressed a gathering at a restaurant in Jackson Heights, Queens, and went on to appear for a discussion on gun violence in Port Washington, Long Island. Her husband stumped on her behalf in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

At Jackson Heights, the former secretary of state criticized Trump over immigration. "I'm deeply concerned about the incitement of hatred and even violence," Hillary Clinton told supporters.

Clinton added that she would continue speaking out against Trump, saying "his words are hurting our country." She noted that Trump is from the area, "yet he seems not to respect diversity." Clinton also spoke in Holbrook, stressing that she would address concerns of suburbanites. "To deal with rising property taxes, congested transportation, overcrowded schools" were among the goals she discussed.