On a whirlwind tour of the west, the 38-year-old former mayor tries to to broaden his base and win over minority voters
In California’s state capitol, Pete Buttigieg asked supporters to “bottle up” whatever enthusiasm propelled them to come see him and share it with family and friends. “California, I believe you can make me the next president of the United States,” he told a crowd of supporters at a town hall event on Friday night.
It was an admission – and a plea. With 494 delegates at stake in the nation’s most populous state, California acts as a gatekeeper to the general election in November.