California Finally Matters Again in the Primaries, and There’s a Focus on Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO--

With California's primary vote less than two months away, and contests still far from decided, Sacramento has become a strategic hot spot for both Republican and Democratic presidential campaigns.

It's crunch time for David Pfau. Just a few weeks before California voters start filling out ballots for their party nominees, he'll be busy as the Sacramento area coordinator for the Bernie Sanders campaign.

"It means a lot more work, not just for me but for all the volunteer students we have out here all the time," Pfau said.

His goal is to register 10,000 college age voters. He was at Sac State on Thursday, and will go door to door this weekend.

"And that's a lofty goal. I think we can do it," Pfau said.

You don't have to go far in Sacramento to see the 2016 presidential campaign is taking root in the capital city. Donald Trump's California campaign announced it'll move its headquarters to Natomas next week.

"It's at the crossroads of the valley. You have 80, you have 5, you have 99. There's going to be a lot of work; a lot of activity going out to those areas," said Tim Clark, Director of the California Trump campaign.

Clark says thousands of voters across the state have already volunteered to help. He says its likely Trump will make a stop or two in Sacramento in the coming weeks.

"He needs to be accessible to people and it's my understanding he'll be very accessible to the voters of California," said Clark.

Its been a contentious campaign season, that'll likely continue here. A Sacramento based Anti-Trump super PAC has already ramped up its efforts in anticipation of his California campaign push.

"Most of the time were last in and it doesn't really mean much. This time we actually can make a difference," said Richard Temple, consultant with Victory California.

Temple says he and other supporters of the super PAC simply don't believe Trump is the best qualified candidate.

All three Republican candidates seeking the parties nomination have accosted the invitation to the state's Republican convention at the end of April.

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