POLITICS: Campaigns

Two Republicans locked in close race for governor

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Politics,California,Campaigns

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The two Republicans vying to challenge Gov. Jerry Brown in November are locked in a tight race in California's gubernatorial primary.

The Democratic governor easily advanced to the general election Tuesday, setting up a historic bid for his fourth term.

But in early returns, the fight for second place between Assemblyman Tim Donnelly and former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari remained too close to call.

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.

Donnelly is a gun-rights supporter and tea party favorite who sought to appeal to conservatives despite a low-budget campaign.

The GOP establishment rallied around Kashkari, a moderate former investment banker who hopes to rebrand the California Republican Party.

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