Team Clinton has a lot on their minds…such as they are.
She has struggled to get traction in traditional Democrat states as Bernie Sanders has rolled up win after win.
As her standing in the general has deteriorated, her strength in the primary has also waned.
Still, she could never have imagined six months ago that she would be struggling to win the California primary.
It’s one of the bluest states on the west coast, and bursting with Democrats: Hollywood types, Silicon Valley do-gooders — and, of course, millions of illegals and their enablers.
Yet incredibly, her challenger for the nomination — an elderly socialist — is siphoning enough of her popularity away from that base to put her at risk of losing.
The New York Times reports:
The poll, released Wednesday night by the Public Policy Institute of California, showed Mrs. Clinton leading Mr. Sanders among likely voters, 46 percent to 44 percent — within the margin of error. A survey by the organization in March found Mrs. Clinton with a lead of 48 percent to 41 percent over Mr. Sanders.
Even with a loss in the primary, Mrs. Clinton would almost certainly win enough delegates to capture her party’s nomination. That said, a loss to Mr. Sanders in this state — which she won in 2008 and which Bill Clinton won in the 1992 primaries — would provide a sour and deflating end to her primary campaign.
It could also encourage Mr. Sanders to stay in the race through the Democratic National Convention in July, at a time when many Democrats would be asking him to step aside and join with Mrs. Clinton in turning the party’s attention to defeating the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump.
Also noted in this report is “a surge of people registering as independents, which Democrats say could be aiding Mr. Sanders.” Elsewhere, Republicans-turned-independents are said to be leaning towards Trump. Independents on both sides of the political spectrum will play an out-sized role in this election’s outcome, if current trends continue.
Source: New York Times