Democratic presidential hopefuls to woo California activists

SAN FRANCISCO: Democratic presidential hopefuls have descended on California for a weekend gathering of thousands of party activists.

Fourteen candidates including home state Sen. Kamala Harris and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are set to speak at the California Democratic Party’s annual gathering. They’re seeking to shore up support ahead of the state’s delegate-rich primary, planned for 2020 on Super Tuesday. That’s an earlier primary than in recent presidential cycles, a move California made with the hope it would give the state more sway in picking the Democratic nominee.

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Candidates will deliver speeches to a mass audience on Saturday and Sunday and attended smaller meet-and-greets.

Presidential contenders typically see California as a key state to raise money. Party leaders say they hope the earlier primary will expand candidates’ focus on voter engagement.