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Sanders Down To $6 Million Ahead Of California Campaign Swing

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) – Ahead of campaign appearances in California, Bernie Sanders began this month with less than $6 million in available campaign cash, new finance reports show.

The Vermont senator is making his last stand in the Democratic presidential contest, as Hillary Clinton closes in on clinching the necessary number of pledged delegates and superdelegates to secure her party's nomination.

Clinton began May with about $30 million.

Sanders has visited the Bay Area twice in recent weeks as he looks to upset Clinton in the California primary on June 7th.

On Wednesday, the senator rallied supporters in San Jose and held a pop-up rally in the Financial District of San Francisco before finishing the day with a rally in Vallejo. Sanders has also held rallies in Stockton, Sacramento and Southern California.

The new report, covering the month of April, shows Sanders continued to spend heavily, lodging almost $39 million in expenses. Clinton, meanwhile, spent about $24 million in April, her report shows. The two candidates brought in about the same amount, with Clinton at $25 million and Sanders at $27 million.

Sanders has significantly thinned his campaign operation in recent weeks, reducing his staff from about 1,000 to fewer than 400 employees.

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