Kashkari Support Growing, But Still Trails Donnelly

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) comfortably leads both Republican primary challengers in new poll.

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Karyn Bruggeman
May 22, 2014, 7:35 a.m.

A sur­vey from the Pub­lic Policy In­sti­tute of Cali­for­nia (May 8-15; 901 LVs; +/-4.9%) has Gov. Jerry Brown (D) lead­ing state As­sembly­man Tim Don­nelly (R) 48-15% a few weeks out from the state’s top-two primary on June 3. Former Treas­ury De­part­ment of­fi­cial Neel Kashkari (R) fol­lows with 10%. (re­lease)

OUT­SIDE BOOST. Kashkari “will get a lift from a newly formed in­de­pend­ent ex­pendit­ure com­mit­tee in the fi­nal days of the gubernat­ori­al primary cam­paign, with Re­pub­lic­an be­ne­fact­or Charles Mun­ger Jr. and bil­lion­aire Robert Day fin­an­cing mail­ers sup­port­ing Kashkari and op­pos­ing rival Tim Don­nelly, ac­cord­ing to re­ports filed with the state Wed­nes­day. A group called ‘Cali­for­ni­ans for Kashkari for Gov­ernor 2014’ filed its state­ment of or­gan­iz­a­tion on Monday,” with an ini­tial dona­tions total­ing $410,000 among Mun­ger, Day and James Hunter, the vice chair­man of Bar­on Real Es­tate. (Sac­ra­mento Bee)

SNAIL MAIL. In a mail­er of his own, “be­ing mailed to con­ser­vat­ive primary voters,” Kashkari com­pares Don­nelly to Brown. The piece goes after Brown for his sup­port for “ir­re­spons­ible spend­ing” on high-speed rail and at­tacks Don­nelly as a “wreck,” say­ing “he didn’t pay his com­pany’s taxes or his mort­gage.” (Sac­ra­mento Bee)