>> Hillary Clinton on Monday finding herself just 26 delegates short of clenching victory in the fight for the Democratic nomination. That means that even a loss in California's looming primary on Tuesday won't likely keep her from reaching the magic number of 2,380 delegates, rival Bernie Sanders' only hope.
And calling it a long shot is an understatement is to pull off a win on Tuesday so huge that some of Clinton's pledged superdelegates switch sides, sending the party toward a brokered convention.>> If we can win and win big here in California and in the other states and in Washington, DC, we are going to go into the Democratic Convention with enormous momentum.
>> Falling short of that, Sanders has another card to play. Reuters political correspondent, Luciana Lopez.>> The big no now is what does Bernie Sanders do with the votes and the delegates that he has gotten? He's not gonna be their nominee, what does he get? Does he get input on the VP slot?
Does he get to help shape the party's platform? Does he get to tell Clinton some of the things that he wants her to say in the fall to bring over his supporters to her campaign? And California will have some impact on this. If he wins big in California, then he gets to wield a little more influence.
>> California is the largest and the last of six states to hold primaries on Tuesday. One of the most watched will be New Jersey, where Clinton is expected to do well. Well enough, in fact, that results from the Garden State might be the trigger for her to declare victory, even before California's ballots are counted.