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.
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."