The frantic U.S. presidential primaries are in their last round. On Tuesday, half a dozen states will hold their primary elections: Montana, North and South Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico and California.
On the eve of the vote, the three remaining candidates have concentrated their forces in the latter, the most populous and with the most delegates — 172 for the Republicans, 546 for the Democrats — and an enormous symbolic weight for both parties. So all the candidates campaigned furiously this weekend.
Bernie Sanders traveled tirelessly throughout the state, from Oakland where he introduced Berkeley economist Robert Reich to Los Angeles with Susan Sarandon and a concert at the Colosseum on Saturday night. The polls seem to have rewarded his efforts, indicating a virtual tie between him and Hillary Clinton, now separated by one or two percentage points.
However, the only constant of these primaries has been the inconstancy of the polls: Clinton remains the leader, but pollsters aren’t definitively ruling out a sudden jolt from Sanders. “If we had bet on this situation a year ago, we would all be millionaires,” Sanders said Saturday to a group of volunteers at his Hollywood operations center. “They gave us 100 to one.”