Bernie Proves to Be California’s Good Luck Charm at Big Game 7 Win


By the looks of it, Klay Thompson and Steph Curry weren’t the only big names celebrated Monday night at the ORACLE Arena.

Underdog Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders — still lobbying for a shot at his party’s nomination just one week ahead of the California primary — made an appearance at Game 7 of the NBA Western Conference Finals. The game in Oakland featured the hometown Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder for a winner-take-all matchup, and the sold out crowd apparently felt the Bern.

The self-described Democratic Socialist took to social media late in the game to recognize how close the contest was late in the fourth quarter:

According to the senior politics writer of The San Francisco Chronicle Joe Garofoli, Sanders told Golden State faithful outside the arena Monday, “let’s turn this thing around.” His choice of words has a double-meaning of sorts, as his own longshot campaign is still holding out hope of a victory while the Warriors battled back from being down 3-1 in the series to win it all. Sanders, who trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by single digits in California, continued the symbolism further on Tuesday morning:

Despite increased opposition from people within the Democratic party, the Sanders campaign has continued to forge forward, campaigning in California ahead of the primary for its 475 delegates. While most would argue that the math isn’t stacked up in Bernie’s favor, he is confident that his message continues to resonate with the American electorate. He told Chuck Todd on Meet The Press this week, “We’re going to fight until the last vote is cast and try to appeal to the last delegate we can.” California is a big piece of that equation, and for at least one night, Sanders was on hand while the ticker tape fell and a big win was celebrated.

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