LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has easily advanced to the general election, setting up a historic bid for his fourth term as California governor.
In early returns from Tuesday's primary, Brown was leading a large field of gubernatorial candidates with 57 percent of the vote.
It's the first election for statewide office held under California's new primary system, in which the top two vote-getters advance regardless of party affiliation.
The leading candidates seeking to survive the primary and challenge him in November are Republicans Tim Donnelly, a state lawmaker, and Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official who led the bank bailout. That contest remained too close to call.
The Democratic governor has amassed more than $21 million in his campaign account but has barely campaigned so far.