Can Buzz Over Bernie Attending NBA Warriors' Comeback Victory Help Push Him Up in the Polls?

The Golden State Warriors made an impressive comeback last night after being down by half before presidential candidate Bernie Sanders arrived at Oracle Arena where the game took place. In an unlikely turn of events, the Warriors won the series 4-3, defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 96-88 in Game 7. 


"The Warriors, amazingly, became just the 10th team out of 233 to recover from a 3-1 deficit in a seven-game series to survive. In doing so, they avoided—at least for now—an offseason of infamy that would have come had their historic 73-win regular season been for naught," USA Today reported

“They turned it around, and that is what our campaign is going to do,” Sanders told SF Gate. 

Sanders has been actively campaigning in California ahead of the June 7 primary and hopes to sweep the state, believing that the state's progressive leanings, early voting and somewhat open primary will all work in his favor. Once trailing Hillary Clinton by 63 points, Sanders is now in a statistical dead heat with the Democratic frontrunner.

At the arena, Sanders was joined by actor and activist Danny Glover, who is a Warriors fan, Bay Area resident and frequent campaign surrogate. 

Glover sported a t-shirt displaying the team's slogan, “Strength in Numbers,” which may as well be Sanders' also at this point. Just before the game, Sanders held an impressive Oakland rally attended by over 20,000 people.

Did Sanders think his appearance in the audience helped bring about the Warriors' turnaround?

"Absolutely," said Sanders. 

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