UCSD students gear up for California primary

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LA JOLLA, Calif. -- UCSD students gathered Thursday to discuss the power of their votes and how to spread their influence ahead of California's presidential primary election in June.

California’s late primary election date -- June 7 -- normally has no effect on the outcome of a primary race but this year, for the first time in 44 years, the Golden State could hold the deciding votes.

"Hillary has won certain counties based on a coin toss or a card. It's insane how much the votes are actually starting to matter," said Stephanie Perera, a UCSD student.

Former Assembly Speaker John Perez hosted the gathering during which professors and politicians fired up students and explained the rules.

Perez, a Democratic superdelegate, was impressed to see such a solid turn out.

“California will most likely determine the Republican primary it remains to be seen what will happen in the Democratic race,” said Perez.