FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) --With just eight days until the California primary both the Clinton and Sanders campaign are stepping up their efforts to get votes.
The Clinton campaign is spending a million dollars in TV ads in Fresno, Sacramento, and Los Angeles-- narrated by actor Morgan Freeman. The Sanders campaign is spending a million and a half with statewide ads narrated by Sanders himself.
The stakes are high for Sanders, who is in a neck and neck race with Clinton for the California Primary. At his rally in Fresno Sunday night Sanders told us California is the key to an admittedly long shot victory.
"It is enormously important, California has 475 delegates at stake, clearly the largest state in the country. If we can win here in California, and do well in the other states that are up on June 7th, we will go into the Democratic convention with enormous momentum and I think we've got a shot to come out of that convention with the nomination."
A week ago, Bill Clinton told a Hillary rally at Fresno State how much she needs a win in California.
"But you need to send her to the convention in Philadelphia with the wind at her back, and only California Can do it."
A loss in California would not stop Clinton's nomination, but would take the wind out of her campaigns sails, and Sanders hopes, change the mind of those superdelegates she's banking on to win the nomination.
"And the assumption is all the super delegates that came on her campaign eight months before the first ballot was cast are necessarily going to stay with her when poll after poll shows I am a much stronger candidate against Trump than secretary Clinton. I think that's a false assumption," said Sanders.
Sanders is continuing to campaign this week in California, with stops in Oakland, Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto. While Clinton is rallying in New York and Boston.
Sanders has described California as the big enchilada and after his Sunday night rally in Fresno had dinner at a Mexican restaurant.