Presidential candidates rally for votes in New York

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Thursday several of the presidential contenders fought hard to win the hearts, minds and votes of New Yorkers.

Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz met with African American leaders in Brooklyn.

The event was organized by Republican strategist John Burnett and the conversation focused on education, jobs, criminal justice reform and financial empowerment.

After the event Cruz spoke to reporters, slamming liberal New York politicians and his opponent Donald Trump.

¨If you're a New Yorker that doesn't like the failed liberal policies of Andrew Cuomo, who doesn't like the failed liberal policies of Chuck Schumer, and Hillary Clinton then you should consider that in voting in this primary because Donald Trump has funded those failed liberal policies and those failed liberal politicians,” Cruz said.

Earlier in the day Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich stopped in the Bronx and enjoyed a meal on Arthur Avenue.

Hillary Clinton rode the 4 train and toured development in the South Bronx.

Thursday sources confirmed to PIX11, the Democratic debate on April 14th at the Brooklyn Navy Yard will not be open to the public and tickets will instead be distributed by the Sanders and Clinton campaigns.