Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders spent his Memorial Day weekend traversing up and down the state of California in a final attempt to garner as much support as possible before the state’s pivotal June 7th primary. Sanders kicked off his California offensive this past Thursday when he stopped in Ventura and Pomona; the following day, his campaign made a stop in San Pedro to speak to the Los Angeles Harbor Unions. He continued northward on Saturday, visiting Santa Barbara on Saturday morning before heading up to Santa Maria later on and ending his day in Bakersfield. I was fortunate enough to be able to see Sanders in Santa Maria, which I will cover later in this article. Sanders proceeded his journey north and stopped in Visalia and Fresno on Sunday. Sanders spent his Memorial Day Oakland, where he held a massive rally; later on that day, he attended game 7 of the Western Conference Championship in Oakland and watched the Golden State Warriors defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder after being down three games to one, thus securing their spot in the NBA Finals. Today, Sanders will be in Santa Cruz and Monterrey and will tie up his California trip with a visit to Palo Alto tomorrow.
Seeing Bernie Sanders was truly an inspiring experience. I’m still in awe that I was able to see him and be so close to a man who could potentially be our next president. I want to personally thank him for stopping by at three different locations on the Central Coast and Santa Maria in particular. This is an area that often gets overlooked by presidential candidates during election season. By coming to Santa Maria, Sanders has sent a powerful message and has inspired the residents of this small city’s citizens. The 7,500 or so supporters that showed up to Wilson Field to hear Sanders speak were full of hope and enthusiasm for Sanders.
Although many would say that Sanders’ campaign is effectively done and that he cannot possibly get the nomination, he still manages to pack stadiums to the brim with supporters. People even stood outside and heard Sanders speak through loudspeaker. Though improbable, Sanders can still get the Democratic nomination, but he needs to win California and he needs to win big. Hillary’s campaign also faces a new challenge in light of recent developments in the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s usage of a private, unsecured email server during her tenure as Secretary of State. Though a poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports found that half of respondents say that Clinton stay in the race if she gets indicted, the impending FBI report will undoubtedly damage her already tarnished trustworthiness and honesty ratings among voters. With that being said, the race for the Democratic nomination is not over until the very last vote is counted.
Pictures from the Santa Maria rally