Obama to Oakland Saturday 17 March

Barack Obama will again head to California, making an appearance next weekend at a rally in Oakland. The rally will take place at the Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, outside City Hall. Tickets are free, but RSVP at Barack Obama's website.

California now has a greater significance than in previous elections - the primary has been moved forward from June to early February next year. A poll taken last week had Barack Obama clearly in second place as preferred Democratic nominee on 31%. Hillary Clinton was in the lead on 41%.

California has had most of the major candidates visit since announcing their bids for the Presidency.