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Supporters attend a rally for Hillary Clinton at Sacramento City College on June 5, 2016.
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally Sunday evening at Sacramento City College.

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Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaigned furiously throughout California this weekend ahead of Tuesday's primary. Clinton wrapped up with a rally in Sacramento Sunday night.

Clinton gave her standard stump speech - about half an hour - before a full house at the Sacramento City College gymnasium.

Vote-by-mail ballots are sorted into their appropriate district after arriving at the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder building in Norwalk. The earliest-arriving mail-in ballots are the first to be counted on election day.
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Vote-by-mail ballots are sorted into their appropriate district after arriving at the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder building in Norwalk. The earliest-arriving mail-in ballots are the first to be counted on election day. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

For the last few weeks we've been answering questions about the election. With just a few days to go before California's primary on Tuesday we're back with more voting tips and help. 
 

The countdown is on. The candidates and their supporters have swarmed the state. It’s just a few days until the big California presidential primary and this time the Central Valley is flexing some political muscle.

The unusual attention lavished on the region could be a sign of things to come.

Over the course of a week, the Central Valley has had visits from some of the heaviest hitters in American politics.

Starting with former President Bill Clinton stumping for his wife, the Democratic front-runner former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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During a campaign speech in Sacramento on Wednesday, Donald Trump repeated claims about how many votes he’s received in the Republican presidential primary.

A large crowd gathered to see Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Vallejo last month.
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A large crowd gathered to see Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Vallejo last month.

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A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit from two Bernie Sanders supporters over voting rules in next week’s California primary. The suit sought to make it easier for California independent voters to cast ballots in the presidential race.

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The City of Fresno has held a ceremonial groundbreaking on a new public transit system designed to bring faster, more convenient bus service on two major commercial corridors.

The Bus Rapid Transit line is a proposal nearly two decades in the making.

Officially known as ‘The Q’, the new rapid transit buses are designed to more swiftly carrier riders north and south on Blackstone and east and west on Kings Canyon Boulevard.

The City Heights neighborhood has historically had the lowest voter turnout in San Diego, but some refugees are bucking that trend by pushing for all of the eligible voters in their communities to cast ballots.

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The Central Valley has been a political hotbed for the last week and might even see another presidential candidate come through before the primary election next Tuesday.

Sunday night, Democratic Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders spoke at the Fresno Fairgrounds, rehashing many of his policy positions like tuition-free college and Wall Street reform as well as Valley-centric issues like health care for farm workers.

But he also took square aim at the presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.

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The average commute in the Central Valley is just around 20 minutes. Now think of a long commute. Now longer. And longer. How about 6 times longer. That is what thousands of workers in the northern end of the valley are doing every day.

They are the target of high-speed rail advocates who think they can convince these mega-commuters to abandon their cars and move to Fresno or Merced to ride the train. But why are these workers making such a long commute in the first place? Reporter Jeffrey Hess shadowed one to experience the trip and ask that very question.

With the June primary just a week away, presidential candidates Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have descended on Southern California, delivering stump speeches that often include references to trade, offshoring and the need to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.

“We’re going to start making things again," Trump told cheering supporters at an April campaign stop in Costa Mesa. "We’re going to start our manufacturing businesses.”

Clinton struck a similar tone last week at a campaign stop in the city of Commerce.

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