Bernie Sanders continued his home-stretch drive to overtake Hillary Clinton in California on Sunday with a huge rally from the parking lot of Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. The rally will be the second of three big rallies featuring all-star celebrity lineups, leading up to Tuesday’s primary — a must-win election for Bernie Sanders.
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JUST IN: Bernie Sanders will be in San Diego this Sunday at an event at Qualcomm Stadium. Details: https://t.co/x15eDMagH2
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The star-studded roster that will take the stage before Sanders himself delivers his stump speech is topped by 24-year-old Divergent star Shailene Woodley, along with comedian George Lopez, Vampire Diaries star Kendrick Sampson, and world music band Nahko and Medicine for the People, who will perform a free concert for the crowd expected to number in the thousands.
The San Diego rally comes less than 24 hours after Bernie Sanders held a rally at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. That rally featured live music and legendary 90-year-old actor and comedian Dick Van Dyke.
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The Los Angeles rally was mired in controversy after the Sanders campaign was forced to move the event from its original venue, the outdoor Greek Theater in L.A.’s Los Feliz neighborhood, because the campaign had refused to issue tickets for the free rally, or present a plan for managing traffic and safety issues — required practice at the Greek.
The Sanders campaign, however, accused Los Angeles City Council member David Ryu, a Clinton supporters, of deliberately interfering with the event.
Watch a replay of the Bernie Sanders rally that ended up at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, in the video below.
To watch a full replay of the Bernie Sanders rally and free concert at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California, on Sunday, June 5, click on the video below.
A spokesperson for Ryu called the charges by the Sanders campaign “an inaccurate depiction of the last 24 hours.”
The Hillary Clinton campaign is holding a concert and rally at the Greek Theatre on Monday night featuring music stars Christina Aguilera, John Legend, and others. But tickets are being issued and the event is not free, with admission starting at $250. The Clinton campaign has also complied with the city’s traffic and safety plan requirements, according to a statement from Ryu’s office.
How important in the California primary for Bernie Sanders? Because Clinton will likely have clinched the nomination with a total delegate count topping 2,383 after the New Jersey primary, which finishes three hours earlier than in California, the importance for Sanders is largely symbolic.
After winning the United States Virgin Islands caucuses on Saturday in overwhelming fashion, Clinton now has 2,313 total delegates, including 1,769 pledged, or elected, delegates.
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But the never-say-die Bernie Sanders has repeatedly claimed, as he did once again as a Saturday press conference, that the votes of unpledged “superdelegates” should not be counted until they actually cast their votes at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
“The media is in error when they lump super delegates with pledged delegates… Hillary Clinton will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to win the Democratic nomination at the end of the nominating process on June 14. Won’t happen. She will be dependent on superdelegates. The Democratic National Convention will be a contested convention.”
However, in the 2008 Democratic primary, then-Senator Barack Obama clinched the nomination over Hillary Clinton — a senator herself eight years ago — with a combination of pledged and “super” delegates, and Clinton did not claim that the party’s convention would be “contested.” Rather, she withdrew her candidacy and endorsed Obama, urging her delegates to vote for him.
Bernie Sanders closes out his push to win the California primary with a final huge rally and free concert on Monday in San Francisco.
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