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California the most liberal and populous U. S. state is drawing a wave of democratic twenty twenty presidential hopefuls this weekend that's because next year the democratic primaries are slated for March third three months earlier than in twenty sixteen so California isn't just a key place to raise money walking in the states five hundred delegates were allocated proportionally could help sway states with leader primary dates so this time the Golden State matters fourteen presidential candidates including senator Bernie Sanders Kamelot Harris and Elizabeth Warren are scheduled to speak over the weekend at the state party convention missing from the crowd frontrunner Joe Biden he'll be in Ohio instead readers correspondent Sharon bird steam is at the Mosconi center in San Francisco with the convention kicks off Friday evening Joe Biden is not coming he wouldn't say why they organizes at the convention don't know why %HESITATION but as far as the impact that that might have on his campaign it could go either way it might hurt him people in California might think he doesn't care about the state but it also might boost him it may separate him from the crowd from this big jostling crowd of more than a dozen candidates coming here to try to talk to people California the former vice president under president Barack Obama has led polls nationally and in California since announcing his candidacy in April he's one of twenty four Democrats seeking the party's nomination to run against Republican president Donald Trump in twenty twenty