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More Than a Dozen 2020 Dem Candidates Head to California for State Convention

The Golden State’s decision to move its primary date up to Super Tuesday means it’s more important than ever in the eyes of the presidential aspirants.

By NTK Staff | 05.31.2019 @3:00pm
More Than a Dozen 2020 Dem Candidates Head to California for State Convention

California Democrats are meeting Friday for a three-day state convention, and they will be joined this year by more than a dozen Democrats seeking the party’s nomination for president in 2020.

California’s decision to move its primary from June to March has created a gold rush mentality among 2020 Dems. Because of the state’s laws, which allow ballots to be mailed to voters as early as February 3, many primary candidates are putting California on the same level of importance as Iowa, New Hampshire, and other early-voting states.

Up for grabs are the state’s 495 delegates, for which NBC News notes few candidates will actually have the resources to compete.

That fact raises the stakes for [Kamala] Harris, whose home state advantage has been seen as key to her viability in the field overall, and on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who won 46 percent of the vote against Hillary Clinton in the state’s 2016 primary and has strong support among many left-leaning activists.

Another hopeful expected to compete seriously for California is a noticeable no-show this weekend: former Vice President Joe Biden, who leads most national and California polls by a hefty margin but has declined to attend the convention. He’ll be heading instead to Ohio, his first visit there since declaring his candidacy, to headline a dinner for the Human Rights Campaign, a leading gay rights advocacy group.

Biden’s absence is notable, considering critics have questioned how light his June calendar is. A spokesman said Biden “is looking forward” to returning to California “in the coming weeks.”

Expectations are sky high for Harris, the state’s junior senator. But a recent Quinnipiac poll found she still trailed Biden (by 9 points) and Sanders (by 1 point).

California’s primary is scheduled for March 3, 2020.

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