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Sanders Opens Office In California, A Must Win

Jim Mone / AP

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, speaks during a town hall meeting, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Rochester, Minn.

Jim Mone / AP

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders becomes the first Democratic presidential candidate to stake out territory in California. Sanders opened his first office in the state today. The Senator will try to make up ground on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

After a big win in New York on Tuesday, Clinton could seal the Democratic nomination with as little as 45 percent of the delegates in remaining states. That’s without factoring in super delegates who can vote for either candidate at the convention.

If Sanders wants to stay in the race until then, he’ll need to win big in California, which holds about a third of those remaining delegates. Polling aggregator RealClearPolitics estimates the Vermont Senator currently trails in the state by about 10 percent. But the Sanders campaign has also gotten a head start on Clinton, running a TV ad earlier this month and now opening the new campaign office in Los Angeles.