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War over delegates ramps up as White House race tightens

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is leading his party's race by about 200 delegates, but that hasn't stopped him from complaining that he should be getting even more. Adding to his frustration, Sen Ted Cruz swept all of Colorado's delegates over the weekend. John Yang reports.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    This is a rare week without any primary voting anywhere, in the 2016 presidential race, but the campaigning grinds on. And, as the day's developments show, the talk is getting testier, especially over the all-important delegate numbers game.

    John Yang has our report.

  • JOHN YANG:

    For the two Democratic contenders and the three Republicans, the campaign is now dominated by delegate wars. GOP front-runner Donald Trump leads by about 200 delegates. But he phoned into FOX News this morning to complain that his lead should be even bigger.

    DONALD TRUMP (R), Republican Presidential Candidate: As an example, South Carolina, I won it by a landslide, like a massive landslide. And now they're trying to pick off those delegates one by one. That's not the way democracy is supposed to work. What kind of a system is this? Now, I'm an outsider, and I came into the system, and I'm winning the votes by millions of votes. But the system is rigged. It's crooked.

  • JOHN YANG:

    Adding to Trump's frustration, rival Ted Cruz's sweep of Colorado's 34 delegates over the weekend. Today, the Texas senator turned to California. Its June 7 primary is suddenly vital in the race, offering the single biggest delegate prize for Republicans: 172.

    SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TX), Republican Presidential Candidate: California is going to decide the Republican nomination for president. And if we continue to unite, we will win the general election, beat Hillary Clinton and turn this country around!

    (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

  • JOHN YANG:

    Tensions are also rising on the Democratic side, now that Bernie Sanders has won seven of the last eight contests.

    In Binghamton, New York today, he went after Hillary Clinton on oil and gas drilling.

    SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (VT-I), Democratic Presidential Candidate: On this issue of fracking, Secretary Clinton and I have some very strong differences of opinion. If we are serious about combating climate change, we need to put an end to fracking, not only in New York and Vermont, but all over this country.

  • JOHN YANG:

    People in the Sanders crowd booed the mention of Clinton's name. She took her own shots at a stop in Queens.

    HILLARY CLINTON (D), Democratic Presidential Candidate: I have noticed that under the bright spotlight and scrutiny of New York, Senator Sanders has had trouble answering questions. He's had trouble answering questions about his core issue, namely, dealing with the banks. He's had trouble answering foreign policy questions.

  • JOHN YANG:

    Clinton still enjoys a wide lead in delegates, but Sanders insists he can narrow the gap.

    For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm John Yang.

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