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Supporters of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders held separate rallies in Southern California. (KABC)

Supporters of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders held separate rallies in Southern California on Saturday, even as indications grow that the Golden State could matter in this extended primary season.

Dozens of people showed up in Temecula to show their support for Trump, along with a number of counter-protesters indicating their dislike for the GOP frontrunner.

"Vote for Donald Trump. Build that wall. Secure the border," said Trump supporter Mike McGetrick.

"I don't support Trump," said one counter-protester at the Trump rally. "I'm not going to stand by and just let this happen. I don't like him. I don't think he's going to make America great again. He's spreading hate."

In West Hollywood, a small group of Sanders supporters gathered on the corner of San Vicente and Santa Monica boulevards and urged drivers to "Honk 4 Bernie."

"He is a straight shooter and he is going to bring Wall Street to heel," said Sanders supporter Mark Wrede.

Although California has the highest delegate count of any state, its June primary typically has left the state less important in nominating season. But with both parties seeing multiple-candidate races late in the season, some are saying the Golden State could still be a key player in this election.

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politicsdonald trumpbernie sanderspresidential raceWest HollywoodTemeculaLos Angeles CountyRiverside County
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