A new poll shows that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton by one point, just days ahead of the California state primary elections.
According to a survey by the Los Angeles Times and the University of Southern California, 44 percent of voters said they would vote for Sanders whilst just 43 percent said they would back Clinton.
The poll confirms that the Vermont senator enjoys the support of younger voters by huge margins in advance of Tuesday’s primary even among Latinos and Asians, many of whom come from a large pool of voters who have registered for the first time in the weeks before the election.
“His base of support is young voters, low-propensity voters and [nonpartisan] voters. Not only does he have to turn them out by election day, but he has to educate all those nonpartisan voters to request a Democratic ballot,” said Dan Schnur, the poll director.
“That’s not to say he can’t pull it off, but this may be the biggest voter mobilization challenge California has seen in many, many years,” he added.
California with 546 Democratic delegates up for grabs is considered as the most influential state and since Sanders needs 837 extra delegates to become the Democratic nominee, he is going to need to count on Democratic Californians’ support.
This is while the average of the 14 polls conducted in California so far this year testifies that Clinton consistently has a solid lead of between five and 11 percentage points.
The former secretary of state is now only 70 delegates away from victory and as the poll suggests the Vermont senator needs to pick up around 90 percent of the vote in California and leave Clinton with just 10 percent.
Sanders would also need spectacular wins on Tuesday in Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota to keep Clinton from winning the party’s nomination.