Attention Turns to California Presidential Primary

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SACRAMENTO --

Even though California's June 7 election is comparatively late in the presidential primary cycle, votes in the Golden State could be decisive in 2016.

"It well could be that California is the deciding factor in terms of enough delegates for both Trump and Clinton," said FOX40 political analyst Gary Dietrich after Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won their parties' primaries in New York Tuesday night.

"California is used to sleeping through their primaries," Dietrich explained. "And now our secretary of state is saying this may be a record turnout for the Golden State, which I think has a lot of implications, not just in the presidential race, but in down-ticket races too."

California does not have a traditional open primary for presidential elections. The parties each decide who can participate.

To vote for Trump, Cruz or Kasich, you have to be a registered Republican. To vote for Clinton or Sanders, you have to be either a registered Democrat or registered as "no party preference."

The last day to register to vote in the June 7 primary is May 23.

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