>> Senator Bernie Sanders grand plan to capture California in next's weeks primary landed him in Spreckles California. Population 673 I'm Lily Jamali for Reuters, in Spreckles a town that's about six blocks long by about four blocks wide. Hardly a hotbed of presidential politics. But this tiny town and in fact this region, often referred to as California's salad bowl, is at the center of the state's debate over fracking.
Which is why Sanders scheduled this unlikely place on his tour of California, a state he hasn't left in the past week and a half as he tries to win the June 7th primary against Hillary Clinton. Speckles about 100 miles South of San Francisco sits on a 1,700 square mile Monterey Shale Formation.
Sanders bringing local activists to what may be the smallest event he's held here to criticize the controversial practice.>> The threat it poses to our families is simply too great.>> And in fact, Monterey County is scheduled to vote in November on whether to ban fracking here. His stop here is pretty typical of what his tour of California has become.
He's not just hitting large cities. He's using his political capital to highlight some of the state's great debate. Environmental issues, income inequality, immigration. And he's spending a lot of time in California republican country, specifically the Central Valley, in places like Bakersfield, Fresno and Visalia. These are places with large Latino communities, as well.
And with a surging voter registration ahead of next Tuesday, both sides are eager to capitalize.