A new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll has Gov. Jerry Brown (D) leading his two major rivals by a wide margin ahead of Tuesday’s primary, and shows former Treasury Department official Neel Kashkari (R) pulling ahead of Tea Party Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (D) for the first time. Brown leads Kashkari 50-18%, followed by Donnelly at 13%. “The apparent movement suggested that Kashkari’s recent blitz of television ads and glossy mailers was paying dividends.” (Los Angeles Times)
REBUILDING THE GOP. Whoever wins the No. 2 spot to take on Brown will face tough odds in November, and Kaskari is adamant his goals extend beyond just winning. At a campaign stop in Silicon Valley over the weekend he said: “I’ve got two goals: I’m running for governor to beat Jerry Brown, to help fix the state. Number two is to help rebuild the Republican Party in California and around the state.” He “said his emphasis on diversity was driven by a desire to rebrand the Republican Party, following the setbacks of the 2012 presidential election.” (Los Angeles Times)
WINNING THE WEST. Donnelly isn’t the only GOP gubernatorial candidate out west that has his fellow Republicans worried. Former Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo (R) appears equally capable of capturing his party nomination on June 24 to take on Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) in November. “The fate of these bona fide tea-party candidates is about more than keeping score of establishment wins and losses. Democrats are hoping, and some Republicans are concerned, that having Donnelly and Tancredo atop their tickets would be a major drag on the entire California and Colorado GOP slates in November — or worse, could cause serious damage to the party’s long-term prospects.” (National Journal)
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With three days until the first debate, the polls are coming fast and furious. The latest round:
- An Associated Press/Gfk poll of registered voters found very few voters committed, with Clinton leading Trump, 37% to 29%, and Gary Johnson at 7%.
- A McClatchy-Marist poll gave Clinton a six-point edge, 45% to 39%, in a four-way ballot test. Johnson pulls 10% support, with Jill Stein at 4%.
- Rasmussen, which has drawn criticism for continually showing Donald Trump doing much better than he does in other polls, is at it again. A new survey gives Trump a five-point lead, 44%-39%.
In contrast to Hillary Clinton's meticulous debate practice sessions, Donald Trump "is largely shunning traditional debate preparations, but has been watching video of…Clinton’s best and worst debate moments, looking for her vulnerabilities.” Trump “has paid only cursory attention to briefing materials. He has refused to use lecterns in mock debate sessions despite the urging of his advisers. He prefers spitballing ideas with his team rather than honing them into crisp, two-minute answers.”
Donald Trump "is on the precipice of becoming the only major-party presidential candidate this century not to reach out to millions of American voters whose dominant, first or just preferred language is Spanish. Trump has not only failed to buy any Spanish-language television or radio ads, he so far has avoided even offering a translation of his website into Spanish, breaking with two decades of bipartisan tradition."
Bill and Hillary Clinton have purchased the home next door to their primary residence in tony Chappaqua, New York, for $1.16 million. "By purchasing the new home, the Clinton's now own the entire cul-de-sac at the end of the road in the leafy New York suburb. The purchase makes it easier for the United States Secret Service to protect the former president and possible future commander in chief."