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First Read’s Morning Clips: Clinton Leads Popular Vote for Dems

OFF TO THE RACES: Clinton leads popular vote in Dem race

NBC's Ari Melber notes that Hillary Clinton leads the total popular vote by 14 percentage points.

Our NBC News/WSJ/Marist poll of New York shows sizable leads for Clinton and Trump.

Our latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll has the latest hypothetical general election matchups between Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.

There was more violence at Trump's rally in Albany last night. NBC's Ali Vitali has the details.

What can campaigns do to win over delegates? It turns out: Probably a lot.

From the New York Times: "Of the more than $132 million spent on negative ads by candidates and the groups supporting them, nearly $70 million has gone to commercials assailing Mr. Trump, according to a New York Times analysis of data provided by Kantar Media/CMAG."

CLINTON: The Washington Post breaks down more math on how Clinton is winning the Democratic primary.

The Washington Post gave her a "three Pinocchio" rating for saying "The state that has the highest per capita number of those guns that end up committing crimes in New York come from Vermont."

CRUZ: Abby Livingston of the Texas Tribune (and an NBC alum!) writes on Cruz's disconnected relationship with the other senator from Texas, John Cornyn.

He claimed that the Drudge Report has become a vehicle for Trump's campaign.

KASICH: He'll lay out the "two paths" forward in a speech in Manhattan.

TRUMP: He's calling the delegate fight "a crooked deal"

A Colorado man burned his Republican registration in protest after the Colorado convention. NBC's Jacob Rascon and Alex Jaffe have the backstory.

Trump University staffers say that the institution's initial focus on education was brushed aside by "how to get rich" seminars, writes the Wall Street Journal.

He said he could consider naming some of his rivals to his cabinet.

Endorser Ben Carson said that he wouldn't support Trump if it weren't for the stakes for "the children and the grandchildren."

The AP reports on how non-Trump affiliated businesses that have "Trump" in their names are struggling.