The poll numbers for Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are changing daily. The upcoming California primary has the largest delegate prize, with 475 delegates up for grabs. New Jersey comes in second with 142 delegates to offer, so both states are important for the candidates and their supporters.
The latest survey conducted by the CBS News Battleground Tracker Poll, which was released Sunday morning, shows Hillary Clinton with a slim lead over Bernie Sanders in California ahead of Tuesday’s primary.
The former Secretary of State leads the Vermont Senator 49 to 47 percent among likely Democratic primary voters in the newly released poll.
The Hill reports:
‘The majority of Sanders supporters in California – 57 percent – said the main reason they are voting for him is to influence the party, even if they don’t think he can get the nomination. Six in 10 Sanders supporters want him to fight on to the convention.
And among California Democrats overall, 71 percent want Sanders to endorse Clinton and have a unified convention when the primaries are over.’
New Jersey is another story. Clinton appears to be set for a definite victory in that state .
‘Clinton has a wider lead over the Vermont senator in New Jersey, however, 61 to 34 percent.’
To show how polls vary, on Thursday, a poll released by USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times showed Sanders leading Clinton by one percentage point in California.
Both states are rich with coveted delegates. According to Bloomberg.com, Hillary Clinton has 2,316 delegates, but that includes 547 superdelegates; Bernie Sanders has 1,547 delegates including 46 superdelegates. There are still 902 delegates that are not allocated.
With New Jersey and California together, Tuesday night Hillary Clinton could possibly be positioned to pick up enough delegates to get the majority needed for the Democratic nomination.
There are two lines of thought between Bernie and Hillary supporters. Clinton supporters say the rules have been in place since 1982, therefore, to complain now is only because Bernie Sanders is not ahead in the superdelegate count. Then there’s the other side in which Bernie supporters say the system has never been fair.
On Saturday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren spoke against the Democratic party’s superdelegate process. “I’m a superdelegate, and I don’t believe in superdelegates,” Warren told reporters after the Massachusetts State Democratic Convention in Lowell.
Although Clinton is in the lead, she is seeing an increasing challenge from Bernie Sanders on several key issues. It’s healthy to have both candidates weigh in on issues which are important to securing progress in this country.
Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders will inevitably go on to battle ex-reality show star Donald Trump for the White House since he is now the presumptive GOP nominee, sweeping states across the country. There’s a lot at stake and the Republican billionaire candidate is now imbued in scandals. In a sense, Donald Trump winning the nomination may be a gift to either of our Democratic candidates who will eventually be his ultimate challenge to seeing his political aspirations come to fruition.