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Clinton California Campaign Chaos

- June 3, 2016

AS SANDERS UPSET LOOMS IN CALIFORNIA, CLINTON CAMPAIGN SCRAMBLES TO STAVE OF NOMINATION DISASTER

Clinton Is Now Neck And Neck In California, After Being Up By 12 Points Weeks Ago

According To A New Poll Released By USC Dornsife And Los Angeles Times, Sanders Leads Clinton By 1 Percent Among All Voters Eligible For The California Democrat Primary. "The Vermont senator has battled Clinton to a draw among all voters eligible for the Democratic primary, with 44% siding with him to 43% for Clinton." (Cathleen Decker, "Bernie Sanders And Hillary Clinton In A Tight Race In California As The Campaign Batters Her Popularity," Los Angeles Times, 6/2/16)

  • This Is A Nine Point Reversal From The USC Dornsife And Los Angeles Times Poll Conducted In March. "That represented a nine-point swing from a USC/Los Angeles Times poll in March, in which Clinton led handily." (Cathleen Decker, "Bernie Sanders And Hillary Clinton In A Tight Race In California As The Campaign Batters Her Popularity," Los Angeles Times, 6/2/16)

Clinton Is Within The Margin Of Error, Leading Sanders Just 49 Percent To 47 Percent According To A Poll Conducted By NBC News, The Wall Street Journal, And Marist. " Hillary Clinton is clinging to a narrow two-point lead over Bernie Sanders in California ahead of the state's June 7 primary, according to results from a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll. Clinton gets support from 49 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in the state, while Sanders gets 47 percent, which is within the survey's statistical margin of error." (Mark Murray, "Dem Race Tightens in California as Clinton Barely Leads Sanders, 49% to 47%: Poll," NBC News, 6/2/16)

In April, A CBS/YouGov Poll Had Clinton Up By 12 Points Over Sanders, With A 52 To 40 Percent Margin. " In the California primary, which offers 475 delegates, Clinton has a slightly bigger lead. She wins the support of 52% of likely Democratic primary voters in California, against 40% for Bernie Sanders." (William Jordan, "Clinton, Trump Lead In New York And California," YouGov, 4/17/16)

In The Wake Of Recent Polls, Hillary Clinton Has Fled To California, Frantically Scrambling To Hold As Many Events As Possible Before The Primary

Hillary And Bill Clinton Are "Barnstorming" California, With More Than 30 Events In The 5 Days Leading Up To The June 7 Primary, Hoping To Avoid "A Demoralizing Loss In California." "Faced with the prospect of what would be a demoralizing loss in California that would end the Democratic primary season on a low note for her, Hillary Clinton is launching a barnstorming tour of the state in an effort to stop her rival's momentum. She and former President Bill Clinton plan to hold more than 30 campaign events starting Thursday in a scramble to eke out victory in a state they once were projected to win handily." (Evan Halper, "How Much Does Hillary Clinton Want To Win California? She And Bill Have Over 30 Events In 5 Days," Los Angeles Times, 6/2/16)

The Flood Of California Events Is "An Abrupt Shift," Since Clinton Had Planned To Be Campaigning In New Jersey On Thursday. "The vigor with which the Clinton campaign is now approaching California comes as an abrupt shift. As of a few days ago, Clinton had planned to be campaigning Thursday in New Jersey, which also holds its primary Tuesday." (Evan Halper, "How Much Does Hillary Clinton Want To Win California? She And Bill Have Over 30 Events In 5 Days," Los Angeles Times, 6/2/16)

Clinton Also Changed Her Schedule Last Week "To Allow More Face Time With California Voters" By Adding An Event In Oakland. "This isn't the first time she has changed her schedule to allow more face time with California voters: She also added a roundtable event in Oakland Friday before heading back to the East Coast for the Memorial Day weekend." (Meghan Keneally And Liz Kreutz, "Hillary Clinton Shifts Schedule To Focus On Calif. Before Tight Primary," ABC News, 5/31/16)

With Bill Also Campaigning "Up And Down California," "It May Never Be This Easy Again To Spot A Clinton In The Bay Area"

Bill Clinton "Will Campaign Up And Down California The Next Four Days Starting Thursday." "The Hillary Clinton presidential campaign said Wednesday that her husband, former president Bill Clinton, will campaign up and down California the next four days starting Thursday. He is scheduled to make an appearance in Redding Thursday. The former president was at Sacramento State last month." (Judy Farah, "Bill Clinton Campaigns For Hillary Clinton In CA," KFBK News Radio, 6/1/16)

  • "It May Never Be This Easy Again To Spot A Clinton In The Bay Area." "It may never be this easy again to spot a Clinton in the Bay Area. With Bernie Sanders pulling out all the stops to win California's June 7 primary, the nation's biggest power couple are tag-teaming their away around the state, including two more local visits. On Tuesday, Bill Clinton showed up unannounced at an eatery in San Francisco's Chinatown, sending diners scrambling for their phones. And on Thursday, Hillary Clinton will wrap up a four-day swing through California with a 1:30 p.m. rally in downtown San Jose." (Matthew Artz, "Clintons Make Pitch To Bay Area Ahead Of California Primary," Mercury News, 5/25/16)

Reeking Of Desperation, Former Rival And Current California Governor , Jerry Brown Reluctantly Endorsed Clinton After "Both Clintons Took A Run At Him"

Clinton Desperately Lobbied The California Governor For His Endorsement "Well Into The Night." "Gov. Jerry Brown's fourth-quarter endorsement of Hillary Clinton came after a sit-down between the two that went well into the night and covered a number of issues, we're told - chief among them, climate change. The meeting, which happened on the eve of Clinton's visit to Oakland on Friday, followed a 90-minute get-together between Brown and his former rival President Bill Clinton in Sacramento earlier in the week, said sources familiar with both sessions." (Matier & Ross, "Why Jerry Brown Decided To Back Hillary Clinton," San Francisco Chronicle, 5/31/16)

  • "Both Clintons Took Runs At Him" According To Source. "Both Clintons Took Runs At Him" said one source, who was not cleared to speak for the record." (Matier & Ross, "Why Jerry Brown Decided To Back Hillary Clinton," San Francisco Chronicle, 5/31/16)

Brown Said That He Was "Deeply Impressed" With Sanders In His Endorsement Letter, Reminiscing On His Own Presidential Campaign In 1992 Which He Bitterly Lost To Bill Clinton. "I have closely watched the primaries and am deeply impressed with how well Bernie Sanders has done. He has driven home the message that the top one percent has unfairly captured way too much of America's wealth, leaving the majority of people far behind. In 1992, I attempted a similar campaign. For her part, Hillary Clinton has convincingly made the case that she knows how to get things done and has the tenacity and skill to advance the Democratic agenda." (Press Release, "An Open Letter To California Democrats And Independents," Jerry Brown, 5/31/16)

Bill Clinton Met With Longtime Rival, Jerry Brown, For 90 Minutes Prior To His Endorsement. "Former President Bill Clinton and California Gov. Jerry Brown, who feuded bitterly in the 1992 presidential race and maintained a sometimes-frayed relationship in following years, met for about 90 minutes in Sacramento on Monday." (David Siders And Christopher Cadelago, "Former Foes Bill Clinton, Jerry Brown Meet In Sacramento," The Sacramento Bee, 5/23/16)

  • Brown Accused The Clintons Of Corruption And Corporate Cronyism In The 1992 Presidential Debate. "Brown spent years criticizing Clinton in the 1990s, casting him as a stooge of corporate interests and accusing him during a 1992 presidential debate of funneling public money to Hillary Clinton's law firm. Clinton pointed his finger in the debate and returned fire, saying, 'You ought to be ashamed of yourself for jumping on my wife. You're not worthy of being on the same platform as my wife.'" (David Siders And Christopher Cadelago, "Former Foes Bill Clinton, Jerry Brown Meet In Sacramento," The Sacramento Bee, 5/23/16)

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