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*-- Trump assails primary process as corrupt --*

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, campaigning in New York, said the primary election system is corrupt.

"I watch Bernie," he said Sunday, in reference to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders who has won eight of the last nine state primaries and caucuses. "He wins, he wins, he keeps winning, winning and winning and then I see he's got no chance. They always say he's got no chance. Why doesn't he have a chance? Because the system is corrupt, and it's worse on the Republican side."

Trump added he has received more votes than Republican challenger Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, including those from registered Democrats and those who never voted. He pointed out that although he won the Louisiana primary, he could still garner fewer delegates to the Republican National Convention because Cruz will likely receive delegates left behind after Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., suspended his campaign, as well as Louisiana delegates going to the convention with no commitment to a candidate.

"I say this to the RNC [Republican National Committee] and I say this to the Republican Party: You're going to have a big problem folks, because there are people who don't like what's going on. We've got a corrupt system, it's not right. We're supposed to be a democracy. We're supposed to be: You vote and the vote means something ... and we've got to do something about it," he told an audience estimated by the U.S. Secret Service at about 7,500.

Speaking in an aircraft hangar, Trump offered little new in his remarks in advance of the April 19 New York primary, but referenced Rochester's economic issues, sometimes inaccurately. He said the city lost 4,000 jobs in the past six months, but statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate the Rochester metro area gained 1,337 in that period.


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