In this election cycle the largest state, and one with the most delegates, actually has a chance to influence a party nominee. And, Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) says, it’s bringing in the California voters.

“Our primaries are usually too late in the cycle to really influence who the nominee for the different parties will be, so I think there is a lot of excitement, I think there will be increased turnout, above and beyond what is expected in a presidential primary year.”

With 546 combined delegates and super delegates, California’s choice could set the tone for the rest of the election. It’s a tight race for the Democratic nomination, RealClearPolitics’s reporting average showing Hillary Clinton leading by 47.7 percent to Bernie Sanders 43 percent.

Clinton needs only 70 more delegates to secure the nomination, so it is highly unlikely she would miss the nomination. Yet, a Sanders win in the Golden State could damage her odds in the general.

The eventual Democratic nominee’s opponent, Donald Trump, is the other reason Sanchez says more Californians, specifically Latino Californians, are registering to vote. They are also the largest demographic in the state.

“That is because they have seen what is at stake in this presidential election cycle and they are no longer content to just sit and watch what happens,” Sanchez says. “I often tell people, and this is the truth, in LA county you cannot get your hands on a Donald Trump piñata. They sell like hot cakes, there is back order list, and I think for every Latino kid who is taking a whack at a Trump piñata, I think that is a voter the GOP has lost for an entire lifetime.”

Joining California to vote on June 7 are New Jersey, New Mexico, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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