Trump turns up the heat on Cruz, courts female voters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on his home turf in New York, revved up supporters calling rival Ted Cruz "Lying Ted" as he predicted he would win support from female voters as he took the stage in in Patchogue, Long Island.

"Lying Ted, you know he talked about New York values, " Trump said.

He then turned to a supporter saying, "I love this woman, look, women for Trump." Then he yelled, "Women for Trump" and pledging "We are going to do great with the women for Trump".

Polls show Trump with a commanding lead in the Republican race in New York, held next Tuesday (April 19).

Trump is under pressure to professionalise his campaign beyond a close-knit group of advisers and expand the appeal of his anti-establishment candidacy in the face of fierce opposition from Cruz of Texas and a well-funded anti-Trump operation run by establishment Republicans.