In another sign that California will actually play a decisive role in this year's primary season — for a change! — 2020 Democratic frontrunners Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders are both heading here to do some campaigning this weekend ahead of Super Tuesday on March 3. And as many of you already know, the mail-in ballots are already being filled out here.
(Former) Mayor Pete is swinging through California this afternoon, holding a Valentine's Day town hall at Cesar Chavez Plaza in Sacramento at 4 p.m. "Be a part of the momentum that is driving his historic wins in early states, and help get ready for Super Tuesday!" says the event copy. Likely after that he's headed to Nevada and South Carolina, which are next up on the primary schedule — and The Hill notes that the campaign is already redoubling its efforts in those states. Also, late next week, he's holding a town hall in Aurora, Colorado, the location of a deadly mass shooting in 2012, and also a Super Tuesday state.
Meanwhile, Senator Bernie Sanders, who held a tight lead in New Hampshire and (we think) Iowa, is returning to the Bay Area on Monday, as the Chronicle reports. He'll be holding a “get out the early vote” rally at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond (1414 Harbour Way South), with doors opening at 10 a.m. and the rally starting at noon.
Winning California will be big for either candidate, but also banking on big Super Tuesday wins is the Mike Bloomberg campaign, which was shut out of Iowa and New Hampshire due to early deadlines for candidate registration.
Meanwhile, Senator Elizabeth Warren, who came in a distant fourth place in New Hampshire behind Senator Amy Klobuchar, held a town hall in Arlington, Virginia last night that drew 4,000 supporters. No upcoming California campaign stops have yet been announced for her.