>> Come on up and say hello.>> California now the final contest in the long and sometimes bitter fight for the Democratic nomination. Polls in recent weeks show Hillary Clinton's lead over Bernie Sanders ahead of the state primary on Tuesday has shrunk, and the two are now virtually tied.
Clinton has the overall nomination all but sewn up, even a loss in California won't likely stop her march to victory. Sanders' only hope, and calling it a long shot is an understatement, is that he pulls off a win in California so huge that some of Clinton's pledged superdelegates switch sides, sending the party toward a brokered convention.
Falling short of that, Sanders has another card to play. Democratic hopes for party unity mean they need the Sanders faithful inside the fold, and for that the Vermont Senator maybe able to extract concessions in the form of party platform positions. And maybe even a say in Clinton's vice presidential nominee.
Clinton has, for weeks now, moved her rhetoric beyond her democratic rival to the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump, who's having party problems of his own. Promises, he'd act more presidential after winning the primary aside, Trump doubled down on comments that a US federal judge of Mexican descent could not be impartial in hearing a suit against Trump University.
He went further on Sunday when asked about a hypothetical Muslim judge.>> If it were a Muslim judge, would you also feel like they wouldn't be able to treat you fairly because of that policy of yours?>> It's possible, yes.>> This once again forced other Republicans to distance themselves from their own candidate just when they'd hoped the divisive primary was over.
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