Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders says the California primary is the "big enchilada."
"California is very important to us; 475 candidates," he said of the June 7 vote. "If we don't do well in California, it will make our path much much harder"
Sanders will be at the Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland on Monday, along with actor Danny Glover, for a 2 p.m. rally. He'll be pushing reforms to provide free tuition for college students.
Sanders also is scheduled to hold rallies in Palo Alto, Santa Cruz and Monterey.
Bernie Sanders Coming Back to Bay Area for Oakland Rally
The public will able to catch a glimpse of Sanders on Wednesday at "A Future to Belive In" rally in Palo Alto.
Meanwhile, his opponent, Hillary Clinton, took the day off from campaigning after a tough week in which a state inspector general report said, as secretary of state, she never asked permission to use a private email server. Clinton disputes that report, and the email scandal resurfacing seems to have given Sanders a boost in the state.
"The polls show they are neck and neck," said political analyst Larry Gerston, "which shows a lot about her not being able to close the deal."