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California GOP governor candidates neck and neck in new polls

Republican California gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari (L) is an investment banker who briefly served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability in the first Obama administration. Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R) of San Bernardino is best known for his far-right positions on gun control and immigration.
Republican California gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari (L) is an investment banker who briefly served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability in the first Obama administration. Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R) of San Bernardino is best known for his far-right positions on gun control and immigration.
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A new poll shows Gov. Jerry Brown heading into Tuesday's primary election with a huge lead while his top two Republican challengers are polling a mere 5 points apart.

The poll, released Sunday, shows Republican businessman Neel Kashkari is running neck and neck with state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly in the race to challenge Brown in the November general election.

Previously Kashkari had trailed Donnelly.

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Among likely voters, 50 percent say they will vote for Brown on Tuesday. Eighteen percent support Kashkari and 13 percent back Donnelly. Ten percent are undecided. The split between Kashkari and Donnelly is within the poll's margin of error.

The survey was conducted by the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles Times.

It questioned 1,511 registered voters.