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Presidential primaries get dirty in New York

The 2016 presidential elections are becoming more serious with the playing field narrowed down to five candidates. The final day of primary voting is June 7 for the Republican Party and June 14 for the Democratic Party. The front-runners, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, only need 498 and 641 delegates respectively to win their party nominations.

Clinton is targeting Trump directly as the New York primaries draw closer. Her campaign released an ad in New York on March 30 explaining why vot- ers should elect her and not Trump.

“When some say we can solve America’s problems by building walls, banning people based on their religion and turning against each other,” Clinton says in the ad, “well, this is New York. And we know better.”

Trump gave his thoughts on the ad during a campaign event in Wisconsin.

“It’s a New York City ad, talking about New York. Except for one problem — she used a sign that’s on Pennsylvania Avenue [in Washington, D.C.],”Trump said.

Meanwhile Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders, the candidates with the second most delegates in their respective parties, are continuing their campaigns for an opportunity in the general election in November.

Cruz publicly defended his wife, Heidi Cruz, when an unflattering photo was retweeted by Trump after an anti-Trump group posted an ad featuring a G.Q. photo of Melania Trump.

“If Donald wants to get in a character fight, he’s better off sticking with me, because Heidi is way out of his league,” said Cruz, quoting the film “The American President.”

There was tension between the Democratic front-runners as well when Clinton accused Sanders of lying about the profitability of her relationships with the oil and gas industries.

“Secretary Clinton, you owe us an apology. We were telling the truth,” said Sanders.

Sanders claimed Clinton received $4.5 million from the fossil fuel industry, and almost 60 oil and gas lobbyists have helped fund her campaign.

“The truth is that Secretary Clinton has relied heavily on funds from lobbyists working for the oil, gas and coal industry,” said Sanders.

Clinton continues to claim these accusations are false and says she is sick of Sanders spreading lies about her during his campaign.

The mud-slinging battles defining this campaign have not slowed the momentum leading up to the party conventions in July. Voters have a short time to sort through the accusations between candidates and make a choice before the primaries come to an end.

Story by Alyssa LaCourse, Courtesy Photo

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