SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Republicans finally have a young, socially moderate, minority candidate running for governor in overwhelmingly Democratic California, but getting voters to pay attention may be the real challenge.
Gov. Jerry Brown has amassed nearly $23 million and is expected to cruise to re-election.
Former U.S. Treasury official and Republican Neel Kashkari is fighting for attention and taking an unconventional approach to get it. The 41-year-old is highlighting persistent poverty in the state, an unusual campaign theme for a Republican.
Brown has said that governing is the best way to show voters what he'd do if re-elected. He recently brokered a $7.5 billion water package and a rainy day fund proposal.
For many, the 76-year-old Democrat is the only one to reign in the most liberal impulses of the overwhelmingly Democratic Legislature.
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