Democratic 2020 hopefuls to swarm San Francisco

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Published on June 1, 2019 - Duration: 02:04s

Democratic 2020 hopefuls to swarm San Francisco

California, the most liberal and populous U.S. state, is drawing a wave of Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls this weekend.

Jane Lanhee Lee reports.

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Democratic 2020 hopefuls to swarm San Francisco

California, the most liberal and populous U.S. state, is drawing a wave of Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls this weekend.

That's because next year's Democratic primaries are slated for March 3rd, three months earlier than in 2016.

So California isn't just a key place to raise money --Locking in the state's 500 delegates, who are allocated proportionally, could help sway states with later primary dates.

So this time the Golden State matters.

14 presidential candidates, including Senators Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren, are scheduled to speak over the weekend at the state party convention.

Missing from the crowd -- front runner Joe Biden -- he'll be in Ohio instead.

Reuters correspondent Sharon Bernstein is at the Moscone Center in San Francisco where the convention kicks off Friday evening.

SOUNDBITE: SHARON BERNSTEIN, REUTERS CORRESPONDENT, SAYING: "Joe Biden is not coming.

He wouldn't say why.

The organizers of the convention don't know why.

But as far as the impact that that might have on his campaign it could go either way.

It might hurt him.

People in California might think he doesn't care about the state.

But it also might boost him.

It may separate him from the crowd, from this big jostling crowd of more than a dozen candidates coming here to try to talk to the people of California." The former vice president under President Barack Obama has led polls nationally and in California since announcing his candidacy in April.

He is one of 24 Democrats seeking the party's nomination to run against Republican President Donald Trump in 2020.

SOUNDBITE: SHARON BERNSTEIN, REUTERS CORRESPONDENT, SAYING: "This convention should not really be of interest to national politicians.

This convention is really only to choose a leader for the state Democratic Party in California.

They're all coming.

Because they want to address those party activists early in the game." U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Representative Adam Schiff and Governor Gavin Newsom also are expected to attend the convention.

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