Republican hopefuls locked in tight race for No. 2 in California gubernatorial primary

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Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks announces he's running for California Governor, in Baldwin Park, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks announces he’s running for California Governor, in Baldwin Park, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Less than two weeks before the June 3 primary, a new poll finds the two leading Republicans vying to challenge Gov. Jerry Brown are locked in a close contest for second place.

The Public Policy Institute of California poll released Wednesday also shows the Democratic governor has a comfortable lead, at 48 percent.

The survey finds that state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly has about 15 percent support among likely primary voters, while former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari has about 10 percent.

Brown’s popularity and the $21 million he has reported in his campaign account have left the GOP challengers struggling to raise money and gain traction with voters.

Kashkari and Donnelly are essentially tied statistically. The poll has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points among likely primary voters.

 

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