>> On the night of the California primary, a defiant Bernie Sanders said he's going to keep fighting on to next week to the District of Columbia and to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. I'm James Oliphant, political correspondent for Reuters. The Sanders crowd here in Santa Monica was certainly taken aback as the early returns flowed in from California precincts that showed that Clinton has a huge lead over Sanders.
That was in contradiction to what the polls were telling us. No one expected a margin that big that early. In fact, they turned off the cable news feed here. They didn't want the crowd to continue to see bad news and instead they switched to highlight of the best of Bernie.
Well Sanders gave the attendees here a lot to feel hopeful about.>> We are going to fight hard to win the primary in Washington D.C. And then we take our fight for social, economic, racial and environmental justice to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.>> I spoke to one Sanders supporter who blamed the press for perhaps suppressing voter turnout in California.
Saying that headlines if the race was over, that Clinton had the nomination sewn up, might have kept voters at home. We'll see if that's true but it's one theory that's floating around. The interesting question right now is what is victory to Bernie Sanders. Remember Sanders has won 23 states, he's got millions of votes.
And now he wants to translate that success into something tangible. He wants leverage to affect the party's agenda going forward. And he wants to keep the movement, the energy that we saw here in Santa Monica alive and thriving.