Neel Kashkari

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Neel Kashkari
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General electionNovember 4, 2014
Candidate for
Governor of California
PartyRepublican
Prior offices
Assistant U.S. Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability
2008-2009
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Neel Kashkari is a Republican candidate for Governor of California in the 2014 elections.[1] He received the second highest number of votes in the primary election on June 3, 2014, and will face Democratic incumbent Jerry Brown in the general election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

A banker by trade, Kashkari served as Assistant U.S. Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability from October 2008 to May 2009. He currently works as an investment firm executive.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: California Gubernatorial election, 2014

Kashkari is running for election to the office of Governor of California.[1] Kashkari scored one of the top two nominations in the primary on June 3, 2014. The other nomination went to Democratic incumbent Jerry Brown. Kashkari and Brown will face off in the general election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Governor of California, Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Akinyemi Agbede 0.9% 37,024
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJerry Brown Incumbent 54.3% 2,354,769
     Republican Richard Aguirre 0.8% 35,125
     Republican Andrew Blount 2.1% 89,749
     Republican Glenn Champ 1.8% 76,066
     Republican Tim Donnelly 14.8% 643,236
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNeel Kashkari 19.4% 839,767
     Republican Alma Marie Winston 1.1% 46,042
     Green Luis Rodriguez 1.5% 66,872
     Peace and Freedom Cindy L. Sheehan 1.2% 52,707
     Nonpartisan "Bo" Bogdan Ambrozewicz 0.3% 14,929
     Nonpartisan Janel Hyeshia Buycks 0.3% 12,136
     Nonpartisan Rakesh Kumar Christian 0.3% 11,142
     Nonpartisan Joe Leicht 0.2% 9,307
     Nonpartisan Robert Newman 1% 44,120
Total Votes 4,332,991
Election Results California Secretary of State.

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Democratic incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking election to a fourth non-consecutive term in the office. Brown is the longest-serving governor in California history as of October 2013.[2]

Including Brown, fifteen candidates filed for the June 3 top-two California Gubernatorial primary election. Among the small fraction of these candidates whose qualifications indicated they could match wits with someone as experienced as Brown, one, Laguna Hills Mayor Andrew Blount (R), withdrew from the race one month before the primary, citing health issues. Bount's exit left a total of fourteen hopefuls, none with any actual hope of unseating Brown in the general election. California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R) and former Treasury official official Neel Kashkari (R) both proved to be formidable campaigners, however the odds of an upset by Kashkari, who scored the second nomination in the primary after Brown, are extremely unlikely.[3]

Throughout the primary campaign season, polls underscored projections of Brown's strong standing to win a record-breaking fourth term as California's chief executive in 2014. A Field Poll released in early April put Brown 40 percentage points ahead of what appeared to be his biggest competitor, Tim Donnelly. Brown drew 57% to Donnelly's 17%, with ex-candidate Blount at 3% and Kashkari at 2%. The final poll before the primary conducted for USC and the Los Angeles Times foreshadowed Donnelly's demise, pushing Kashkari into second place overall at 18%, with Donnelly at 13% and Brown holding tight at 50%.[4] Around this time, the Cook Political Report released a new round of 2014 Governors Race Ratings California and rated California as "Solid Democratic."[5]

Polls

Governor of California
Poll Jerry Brown* (D) Tim Donnelly (R)Neel Kashkari (R) (Not included in Poll 1 or 3)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Institute of California
November 12-19, 2013
46%16%0%29%+/-4.51,081
The Field Poll
November 15-December 3, 2014
52%9%3%25%+/-3.5836
Public Policy Institute of California
January 14-21, 2014
53%17%0%28%+/-3.81,151
Public Policy Institute of California
March 11-18, 2014
47%10%2%36%+/-4.7936
The Field Poll
March 18-April 5, 2014
57%17%2%20%+/-4.5504
Public Policy Institute of California
April 8-15, 2014
46%9%2%38%+/-5.1944
Public Policy Institute of California
May 8-16, 2014
48%15%10%27%+/-3.61,702
Survey USA/KABC/KFSN/KGTV/KPIX
May 16-19, 2014
57%18%11%10%+/-4.0610
USC/LA Times Poll
May 21-28, 2014
50%13%18%10%+/-4.4671
AVERAGES 50.67% 13.78% 5.33% 24.78% +/-4.23 937.22
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


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