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AirTalk election 2016: Analyzing the major storylines on the eve of the CA primary




California’s primary elections are upon us after months of speculation and waiting.
California’s primary elections are upon us after months of speculation and waiting.
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California’s primary elections are upon us after months of speculation and waiting.

While there’s not too much speculating left to be done about the outcome of tomorrow’s primaries, the results will likely dictate the tone each of the campaigns take into the party conventions this summer, as California and the other states voting on Tuesday are the last major contests before the candidates set their sights on Cleveland and Philadelphia, respectively.

On the Democratic side, polls show Hillary Clinton with a slight edge over Bernie Sanders, who campaigned in Los Angeles over the weekend. Sanders has shown no signs that he’s winding his campaign down, despite being mathematically out of the race. Hillary Clinton ended last week on a high note as she got kudos for her pointed foreign policy speech in which she repeatedly questioned Donald Trump’s temperament and qualifications for the presidency.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump found his way into the headlines for another set of bombastic comments, this time regarding the Mexican-American judge presiding over the lawsuit against his now-defunct real estate school, Trump University. Trump drew sharp criticism from the GOP establishment after he questioned whether Judge Gonzalo Curiel could be impartial in ruling on the case due to past comments Trump has made about plans to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

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Guests:

Ange-Marie Hancock, associate professor of political science and gender studies at the University of Southern California

Zach Courser, Research Director of the Dreier Roundtable and visiting Assistant Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College; he tweets @zcourser

Frank Stoltze, KPCC correspondent

Abby Sewell, reporter for the Los Angeles Times covering the LA County supervisor races