Bernie Sanders hosted a rally at L.A.'s the Wiltern theater Wednesday as the Democratic presidential candidate campaigns ahead of California's June 7 primary.

Watch full Bernie Sanders speech from L.A. rally

Bernie Sanders spoke before a crowd of supporters Wednesday at The Wiltern theater in Los Angeles, where the Democratic presidential hopeful was introduced by actress Rosario Dawson. Watch the full speech here:

Sanders courts California voters as new poll shows him trailing Clinton in the state

 (Lenny Ignelzi / Associated Press)
(Lenny Ignelzi / Associated Press)

Bernie Sanders returned to familiar territory Wednesday night as he spoke to a crowd of supporters at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, opening by swiping Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton for paid speeches and for benefiting from the support of Super PACs. 

But despite losing Arizona and much of its delegate bounty to Clinton on Tuesday, wins in Idaho and Utah had Sanders reframing his campaign as the one to beat in the West.

According to a poll released late Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California, Sanders is trailing in the state among Californians likely to vote in the Democratic primary election June 7. Clinton received the support of 48% of those likely voters polled, with Sanders at 41%.

Sanders had strong support among voters 18 to 44 years old, and with white voters. Clinton was bolstered by Latino voters and those 45 and older.

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Bernie Sanders to rally in Los Angeles -- another fervent crowd expected

 (Lenny Ignelzi / Associated Press)
(Lenny Ignelzi / Associated Press)

Crowds in the tens of thousands have been a hallmark of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, but the turnout hasn’t translated into the primary votes he needs to surge past Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic nomination.

Sanders, who will rally Wednesday night in Los Angeles at the Wiltern Theatre, drew 10,000 supporters in San Diego on Tuesday who came to hear his populist speech peppered with staples of his candidacy: income inequality, free college tuition, the need to overhaul the criminal justice system.

"Together we are going to change the national priorities of this country,” he said. “Together we are going to invest in our communities."

But even with fervent support and victories Tuesday in Utah and Idaho, Sanders trails Clinton by about 300 pledged delegates. She crushed him in the day’s other contest in Arizona.

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Donald Trump gets one more shot at insulting Jeb Bush

GOP front-runner Donald Trump trotted out some of his old favorite insults after Jeb Bush briefly reappeared in political headlines when he endorsed Trump’s main rival, Ted Cruz.

Throughout the campaign, Trump frequently labeled the former Florida governor “low-energy” and made fun of the vast sums that Bush and his allies spent on his unsuccessful bid, taunts he repeated Wednesday.

Trump’s and Bush’s disdain for each other was visceral throughout Bush’s campaign, with Trump relishing every chance to needle Bush even after he sunk so low in the polls that he posed no threat to Trump’s campaign.

Bush, briefly the presumed front-runner when he entered the race last summer, insisted that once voters grew serious and the election neared, Trump would become an afterthought.

But that never happened. As Bush put out policy papers and delivered detailed speeches, he also began to appear frustrated by Trump, whom he viewed as not serious and insisted would not be the GOP nominee.

Cruz, the senator from Texas, has the best chance of stopping Trump from accumulating the 1,237 delegates necessary to clinch the nomination. He and Bush were never ideological soulmates, but Bush pointed to electability when he announced his endorsement early Wednesday.

“For the sake of our party and country, we must move to overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena, or we will certainly lose our chance to defeat the Democratic nominee and reverse President Obama’s failed policies,” Bush said in a statement.

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Texas vs. New York? Ted Cruz takes fight to Mayor Bill de Blasio

 (Bob Chwedyk / Daily Herald)
(Bob Chwedyk / Daily Herald)

A day after New York Mayor Bill de Blasio assailed his comments about "patrolling" Muslim neighborhoods, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz mocked him in Manhattan on Wednesday. 

"Mayor De Blasio is very, very unhappy with me because I said we should empower law enforcement to stop radical Islamic terrorism," Cruz told supporters in a ballroom of a boutique hotel. "The mayor's response is essentially, 'Who are these terrorists of which you speak?'"

In the hours after Tuesday's bombings in Belgium, Cruz called for increased patrols of Muslim neighborhoods. He cited the NYPD's since-abandoned and discredited practice of spying on Muslim communities for potential terrorist activities as a model for the nation. (Cruz's claim of the program's efficacy received four Pinocchios in a fact check by the Washington Post.)

While De Blasio did not address Cruz's assertions about the NYPD, he did criticize his suggestion of patrolling Muslim communities. 

"It’s reprehensible. His comments are not about safety and security. It’s demagoguery," he said a news conference late Tuesday. 

There are “peace-loving, law-abiding Muslim Americans in neighborhoods all over New York City," De Blasio said, and they “should be respected like all other members of our community.”

Cruz, who trails New York businessman Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, described De Blasio as too politically correct. 

"It's that ostrich-head-in-the-sand political correctness that has made America so vulnerable," he said, noting that police in New York turned their backs on the mayor at the funeral of a slain officer last year. 

 "When the heroes of the NYPD stood up and turned their backs on Mayor De Blasio they spoke not just for the men and women of New York, but for Americans all across this nation," he said.

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