California goes down to the wire

June 6, 2016

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It used to be the Super Tuesday that didn’t matter–until now.

In past presidential elections, candidates typically locked up their needed delegate counts before voters in states like California could cast their primary ballots. This time, Democrat Hillary Clinton still needs to secure hers after a long and unexpectedly bitter race against rival Bernie Sanders.

It’s highly unlikely that she’ll miss the mark.  The former secretary of state already has 2,357 delegates going into Tuesday’s contests, just 26 short of the 2,383 she needs to clinch the nomination at the convention in Philadelphia next month. With six states — California, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Jersey and New Mexico — all holding their nominating contests tomorrow, her victory could be confirmed even before the final tally comes in from the the West Coast.

The Golden State, with its 440 Democratic delegates, will be the day’s big attraction.  Opinion polls show the race tightening there in recent weeks, with a University of Southern California/Los Angeles Times poll released on Friday showing Sanders with a one-percentage-point lead over Clinton in the state, 44 to 43 percent–a swing from March when Clinton held a nine-point edge.

The bitter race means both candidates have honed dual-track stump speeches: When they’re not attacking presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, they’re taking aim at each other.

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