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Today’s campaign snapshots


Trump trying to lock up delegates

Already behind the curve in organizing for the Republican convention, Donald Trump has missed crucial deadlines in a number of states to lock up delegates who would stay loyal beyond the first ballot.

Trump’s shortcomings in this behind-the-scenes campaign, which hasn’t played much of a role in selecting the GOP nominee in decades, could doom his presidential candidacy if he is unable to win the nomination in the initial voting at this summer’s national convention in Cleveland.

After that first ballot, most delegates are no longer bound to support the winner of their state’s party primary or caucuses — they’re free agents who can support the candidate of their choosing.

Most of the actual delegates are elected at state and congressional district conventions run by party insiders, members of the Republican establishment that Trump has run against from the outset of his campaign.

And while Trump’s team has had little contact with these loyal party activists, his chief rival for the Republican nomination, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, has been actively courting them for months.

Trump has spent the past two days hammering at his party’s delegate selection process as “rigged,” ‘’unfair” and “corrupt.”

Taking heat over comedy skit

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton are taking heat over a comedy skit that some people feel was racially insensitive.

In a scripted scene during the Inner Circle charity event in New York on Saturday, Clinton mocked the mayor for taking so long to endorse her.

He responded: “Sorry Hillary. I was running on CP time.”

At first, that seemed to be a reference to a racial stereotype, “colored people time.”

Leslie Odom Jr., a black actor who plays Aaron Burr in the Broadway smash “Hamilton” was in the skit, too. He pretended to be offended, saying “I don’t like jokes like that, Bill.”

Clinton then interjected. “Cautious politician time. I’ve been there.”

De Blasio, whose two multiracial children identify as black, downplayed the controversy, saying in a CNN interview that people were missing the point.

Voters don’t like presidential field

A new Associated Press-GfK poll shows a majority of Americans believe none of the remaining candidates for president represents their opinions at least somewhat well.

At least half of Americans say they would be disappointed or even angry if either of the front-runners — Donald Trump for the Republicans or Hillary Clinton for the Democrats — are nominated, the survey shows. And a quarter said they would be disappointed or angry if both win nominations. Still another quarter would feel at best neutral if both are nominated.

Among all registered voters, 63 percent say they wouldn’t consider voting for Trump and half say the same about Clinton.

The AP-GfK Poll of 1,076 adults used a sample drawn from GfK’s probability-based KnowledgePanel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

Kasich criticizes rival campaigns

John Kasich criticized his opponents’ visions for America in a lengthy speech Tuesday in New York where he is campaigning a week before the state’s crucial primary.

Kasich told a room full of supporters in midtown Manhattan that the state’s Republican primary is offering two paths for voters: One that “exploits anger, encourages resentment, turns fear into hatred and divides people,” versus the other, which promotes unity and offers real solutions to the nation’s problems. He did not mention his Republican rivals by name.

From Detroit News wire services