To the Bitter End: Bernie Sanders to Rally in California Tuesday

Bernie Sanders California (Danny Moloshok / Associated Press)
Danny Moloshok / Associated Press

With an eye on the June 7 primary, and defying the Democratic establishment that favors frontrunner Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will hold a rally in San Diego, California on Tuesday–the same day as the Arizona and Utah primaries.

On the eve of Mega Tuesday on March 15, when Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri and North Carolina participated in primaries, Sanders held his rally in Arizona, signaling his determination to follow a path forward. Although Clinton wound up sweeping all five states, she only garnered 100 delegates over Sanders, leaving them just 314 delegates away from each other with Sanders at 825 and Clinton at 1,139. The first candidate to win 2,838 delegates wins the party’s nomination.

Now, Sanders will hold his rally in the Golden State while Arizona and Utah are decided, indicating his belief that there is a light at the end of the tunnel for his campaign

Just one week earlier, Sanders had pulled off a shocking victory in Michigan, substantially increasing the odds that the race for the democratic nomination will lead all the way into June with the anticipated California primary, which could decide the race. Michigan proved to be one of the biggest upsets in the history of presidential primaries. Sanders overcame a roughly 30-point deficit in the polls to defeat the former Secretary of State.

According to Sanders’ campaign website, the Vermont senator will appear at the San Diego Convention Center’s Exhibition Halls D & E on Tuesday. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the rally will likely begin shortly after that. The convention center is located at 111 W. Harbor Drive and is free to the public. Carpooling is “strongly encouraged” by the campaign website.

An RSVP is also strongly encouraged on the website.

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