That the primary election is crucial cannot be understated. Current Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton can still lose in California and thus lose her claim on her party’s nomination. A significant influx of voter registration endangers her lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who doggedly continues his race despite earlier calls to step out. Sanders is less disliked, according to polls, than Clinton – who remains one of the most disliked politicians in decades.
 
Sanders may be counting on the 1.5 million voters who have been registered to vote in California since January of this year. A report by the Institute of California indicates that the surge in new voters could give Sanders hundreds of new delegates. The spike in registrations represents a 218 percent increase compared with the same period in 2012. Large numbers of young voters, many of whom are Sanders fans, could put him in the winner’s circle on June 7, Currently, Sanders claims 1,501 pledged delegates to Clinton's 1,769.
 
Adding to Clinton's woes is the drip-drip-drip of revelations about her tenure as Secretary of State to Obama and her use of a private unsecured email server for classified emails. 
   
Sanders results in open primaries show that the socialist-leaning career politician underperforms in pre-elections opinion polls, but does better than expected on primary and caucus days. This has been attributed to the ranks of young people and new voters who are “feeling the Bern.” 
 
If Sanders takes California, Clinton’s candidacy would be seriously jeopardized, if not actually obviated. A win for Sanders could convince some superdelegates, including Democratic Party leaders and elected officials, to withdraw their support. They are free to support any candidate for the presidential nomination. Sanders says that it is his job to convince superdelegates to vote for him.
 
Sanders is polling strongly in polls matching him with Donald Trump in a hypothetical general election. 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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