California's top 2 primary yields surprising races

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Updated: 6/02/2014 4:54 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The first gubernatorial primary under California's new top-two system has evolved into a typical campaign between Republicans hoping to come in second.

Republican Party leaders do not seriously expect to be able to defeat Gov. Jerry Brown in the fall, but the GOP governor's contest between state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly and former investment banker Neel Kashkari is the most high-profile of the races on Tuesday's primary ballot.

That is partly because it will help determine the future of a party struggling to remain relevant.

The primary also includes some hard-fought congressional and state legislative races in which candidates are vying to move on to challenge incumbents in November.

A ballot that lacks a presidential election and citizens initiatives has led to predictions of a potentially record low voter turnout.

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