NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Donald Trump was projected as the winner of the Indiana Republican primary the minute the last polls closed Tuesday. No projection was in for the Democratic side as of 7 p.m. The contest was a critical one, especially on the Republican side. Trump has been painting himself as the eventual GOP…

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Donald Trump was projected as the winner of the Indiana Republican primary the minute the last polls closed Tuesday.

No projection was in for the Democratic side as of 7 p.m.

The contest was a critical one, especially on the Republican side.

Trump has been painting himself as the eventual GOP nominee, mocking his rivals’ chances at a campaign event in Indiana on Sunday night, CBS2’s Hena Daniels reported.

“You look at these guys that I’m running against, now they’re hanging by their fingernails. They’re just like barely hanging on,” Trump said.

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Trump’s win in Indiana puts him even closer to clinching the Republican nomination ahead of the summer convention. Rival Ted Cruz had been counting on Indiana voters to stop that from happening.

“I believe in the men and women gathered here… that we will not give in to evil,” Cruz said Sunday.

Cruz had hit the campaign trail early Monday morning at an Indiana cafe.

“We’re going all the way,” he told supporters. “The entire country is looking to Indiana, and really depending on Indiana to pull us back from this cliff we’re staring over.”

Trump supporters met Cruz with little affection, CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported.

“I’m running to be everyone’s president, those who vote for me and those who don’t vote for me,” Cruz said.

“We don’t want you… do the math,” a Trump supporter responded.

Polls before Trump’s victory had shown him with a 15-point lead over Cruz. John Kasich also fell significantly behind the businessman after pulling out of the state.

“So I’m competing against these two guys even though they have no path to victory,” Trump said. “It’s ridiculous, I don’t even know what we’re doing.”

Trump has turned many of his attacks toward Hillary Clinton, and she’s firing right back as the two prepare for a general election battle.

“We cannot let Obama’s legacy fall into Donald Trump’s hands,” Clinton said during an event in Detroit on Sunday.

Clinton needs 18 percent of the remaining delegates to lock up the nomination, but Bernie Sanders says it will be a contested convention.

“It is virtually impossible for Secretary Clinton to reach the majority of convention delegates by June 14th with pledged delegates alone,” Sanders said.

Clinton also had to apologize to a coal miner after a comment she made saying she would put coal miners out of business.

“What I said is that it’s going to happen unless we take action to help prevent it. I made one misstatement, and I apologize for that. It was not meant to be taken the way it was taken at all,” she said.

Sanders had coffee with voters in Indianapolis Tuesday while Clinton campaigned in West Virginia ahead of that state’s primary next week.

Clinton has a four-point lead over Sanders