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Presidential Candidates Make Final Push In Indiana Ahead Of Primary

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Presidential candidates are making a final push for support in Indiana, which holds its primary on Tuesday. It's a critical contest, especially on the Republican side.

Donald Trump continues to paint himself as the eventual GOP nominee, mocking his rivals' chances at a campaign event in Indiana on Sunday night, CBS2's Hena Daniels reported.

"You look at these guys that I'm running against, now they're hanging by their fingernails. They're just like barely hanging on," Trump said.


A Trump win in Indiana would put him even closer to clinching the Republican nomination ahead of the summer convention and rival Ted Cruz is counting on Indiana voters to stop that from happening.

"I believe in the men and women gathered here...that we will not give in to evil," Cruz said Sunday.

He isn't wasting any time, hitting the campaign trail early Monday morning at an Indiana cafe.

"We're going all the way," he told supporters. "The entire country is looking to Indiana, and really depending on Indiana to pull us back from this cliff we're staring over."

Trump supporters met Cruz with little affection, CBS2's Dick Brennan reported.

"I'm running to be everyone's president, those who vote for me and those who don't vote for me," Cruz said.

"We don't want you... do the math," a Trump supporter responded.

The latest poll shows Trump with a 15 point lead over Cruz and John Kasich has fallen significantly behind the businessman after pulling out of the state.

"So I'm competing against these two guys even though they have no path to victory," Trump said. "It's ridiculous, I don't even know what we're doing."

Trump has turned many of his attacks toward Hillary Clinton, and she's firing right back as the two prepare for a general election battle.

"We cannot let Obama's legacy fall into Donald Trump's hands," Clinton said during an event in Detroit on Sunday.

Clinton needs 18 percent of the remaining delegates to lock up the nomination, but Bernie Sanders says it will be a contested convention.

"It is virtually impossible for Secretary Clinton to reach the majority of convention delegates by June 14th with pledged delegates alone," Sanders said.

Clinton is already eyeing the next contests while campaigning in Kentucky and West Virginia on Monday.

Sanders is calling on the Democratic super delegates to change their support and vote for him at this summer's convention.

Sanders has closed the gap on Clinton in Indiana. She has a four point lead in a new poll within its margin of error.

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