Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly Lead California Governor’s Race, Poll Finds

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California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown holds a commanding lead in his bid for reelection and Republican tea party favorite Tim Donnelly, an assemblyman from Twin Peaks in San Bernardino County, remains his strongest challenger, according to a new opinion poll released by Stanford University’s Hoover Institution on Wednesday.


California Republican gubernatorial candidates Neel Kashkari, left, and Tim Donnelly shake hands at a radio debate in Anaheim earlier this month. A new Stanford University poll shows Donnelly leading his GOP rival in the bid to challenge Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown in November. (Credit: Alex Gallardo / Associated Press)

Donnelly leads GOP rival Neel Kashkari, a former banker and U.S. Treasury official with a more centrist agenda, by a 2-to-1 margin, according to the poll.

Still, 36% of Californians polled supported Brown, compared to 12% for Donnelly and 5% for Kashkari. More than a third of those polled remained undecided, according to the poll, which was conducted by YouGov for the Hoover Institution.

A poll released last week by the Public Policy Institute of California found 48% of likely primary voters favored Brown, followed by 15% for Donnelly and 10% for Kashkari.

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