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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 26, 2014

Tim Donnelly leads the field of Republicans bidding to unseat Gov. Jerry Brown early in this year’s gubernatorial race, according to a new poll.

Donnelly, with 10 percent support among likely voters, outpolls his closest GOP competitors by 8 percentage points, according to a Public Policy Institute of California poll released Wednesday.

Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury Department official and the best-funded Republican in the race, was supported by 2 percent of likely voters, as was Laguna Hills Mayor Andrew Blount.

All Republicans trail Brown by an enormous margin. The third-term Democrat is supported by 47 percent of likely voters, while 36 percent of likely voters remain undecided, according to the poll.

Brown is widely expected to win re-election, but the race for second place in June will determine which Republican represents the GOP in the state’s highest-profile race in the fall.

Donnelly, a tea party favorite and former member of the anti-illegal immigration Minuteman Project, leads Kashkari, a more moderate candidate, among all voter groups, including Republicans, independent voters and Latinos, according to the poll.

Kashkari has time to make up ground. In addition to the large percentage of voters who remain undecided, only 37 percent of likely voters say they are following news about the candidates closely at this early stage in the race.

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