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Presidential spotlight on New York primary

Posted at 5:42 PM, Apr 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 09:40:49-04

New York’s gaining new attention ahead of the April 19 primary. “We're excited for once that our state matters in primaries and in the general election. It's been a long time,” explained Erie County Democratic Committee Chairman, Jeremy Zellner.

Historically, candidates would have already shored up enough delegates by the time the New York primary rolls around. But, that isn’t the case this year. Hillary Clinton has 1712 delegates compared to Bernie Sanders who has just over 1000. Any one candidate needs 2383 to win. That means Clinton still needs almost 700 to clinch the nomination.

“I care deeply about this state. I'm proud of the work that I did with so many thousands of New Yorkers. So, of course I'm going to work incredibly hard,” Clinton said during an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America.

That includes soliciting her husband, President Bill Clinton who will make a stop in Depew on Tuesday. U.S. Senator Kirsten GIllibrand said she'll also be campaigning on Clinton’s behalf. “I will be traveling around the state for her over the next few weeks before the primary and then I'll be traveling around the country for her doing events in various primary states,” Gillibrand said.

Still, that kind of support isn't a sign of weakness according to Clinton allies like Gillbrand. “She's going to win NY. I'm not concerned about NY. She's going to win the primary and I think she's going to win the general,” she said. 

Clinton is expected to visit Buffalo on Friday. There’s still no details on when and where her event will be held.