Sanders campaign down to less than $6 million in cash

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CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 28: Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks to guests at an event sponsored by Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago on September 28, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Sanders is currently polling second behind Hillary Clinton in the Democratic race for the nomination (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders began this month with less than $6 million in available campaign cash, new finance reports show.

The Vermont senator is making his last stand in the Democratic presidential contest, as Hillary Clinton closes in on clinching the necessary number of pledged delegates and superdelegates to secure her party’s nomination.

Clinton began May with about $30 million.

The new report, covering the month of April, shows Sanders continued to spend heavily, lodging almost $39 million in expenses. Clinton, meanwhile, spent about $24 million in April, her report shows. The two candidates brought in about the same amount, with Clinton at $25 million and Sanders at $27 million.

Sanders has significantly thinned his campaign operation in recent weeks, reducing his staff from about 1,000 to fewer than 400 employees.

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