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AM Alert: Candidates crisscross California in final stretch

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at the Sacramento International Jet Center on Wednesday.
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at the Sacramento International Jet Center on Wednesday. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

Sacramento temperatures reached their first triple-digit high this week, and the presidential candidates are certainly feeling the heat ahead of Tuesday’s primaries. Multiple polls, including the Field Poll on Wednesday, have reported Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are deadlocked in the race to win California.

Donald Trump has clinched the necessary delegates to win the Republican nomination, but he appeared to be gearing up for a national race by lashing out at Bill Clinton and Barack Obama in a campaign stop in Sacramento on Wednesday.

All three will be hitting the ground throughout California this weekend. Clinton is planning an appearance in Sacramento on Sunday, though a time and location have yet to be announced. Today, she has stops in Culver City, Garden Grove, Santa Ana and San Bernardino.

Sanders will hold rallies in Fairfield and Santa Rosa/Cloverdale today, while Trump will be jetting to Redding for an event at the Redding Memorial Airport at 1 p.m. today.

PLAY BALL: The election for governor isn’t until 2017, but Gavin Newsom will be “taking over” AT&T Park for a baseball and barbecue fundraiser on Saturday. Pro athletes, including retired NFL players Marshawn Lynch and Justin Tuck, will be attending.

GUN CONTROL GROUP PULLS ENDORSEMENT TRIGGER: Everytown for Gun Safety, the nation’s largest pro-gun control group, endorses Hillary Clinton today. Other prominent advocates of gun control including the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords have also endorsed Clinton. Gun control legislation has been a hot issue in Sacramento this week as the California Assembly passed a package of five gun control bills on Wednesday. Anti-gun control protesters are expected to gather on the West Steps of the Capitol this morning at 10 a.m.

FIELD POLL FINDINGS: A new poll released today shows Democrats Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez comfortably in the top two spots to fill Barbara Boxer’s U.S. Senate seat just days before the primary election. However, more than a quarter of likely voters are still undecided. Harris will be courting voters in Southern California this weekend in a get-out-the-vote bus tour. If you’re one of the 27 percent still uncertain about who to vote for, make sure to use the Bee’s candidate matcher tool to figure out your dream candidate before Tuesday.

LET’S TALK ABOUT MOSQUITOES: U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, will be hosting a press conference on local, state and federal efforts to combat the Zika virus in the United States. Although California’s climate and pest control efforts make the state less vulnerable than other areas, the summer season is comparatively a higher-risk time of year. Health officials will be on hand at 10 a.m. at the UC Davis Education Building in Sacramento to talk about best practices for citizens and prevention efforts in Sacramento.

CELEBRATION: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell, who turns 33 on Sunday.

Rachel Cohrs: 916-321-1046, @rachelcohrs

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