California gubernatorial election, 2014

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California Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Jerry Brown Democratic Party
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Down Ballot
Treasurer, Controller, Superintendent, Insurance Commissioner

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The California gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Jerry Brown (D) is running for re-election against Republican candidate Neel Kashkari in 2014.[1] The winner of the election will serve a four-year term in office.

California is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election.[2][3][4]


General election

Democratic Party Jerry Brown - Incumbent[5]
Republican Party Neel Kashkari - Former Assistant U.S. Treasury Secretary, Investment Firm Executive[6]

Lost in the primary

Democratic Party Akinyemi Agbede - Mathematician[7]
Republican Party Richard Aguirre - Economist, 2010 candidate[8]
Republican Party Alma Marie Winston - CEO of project funding company[7]
Republican Party Glenn Champ - Contractor[7][9]
Republican Party Tim Donnelly - Member of the California State Assembly, representing District 33.[10]
Green Party Luis Rodriguez - Author, journalist and political activist[11]
Independent (No Party Preference) Robert Newman - Psychologist, Farmer, perennial candidate[12]
Independent (No Party Preference), Janel Hyeshia Buycks - Minister[7]
Independent (No Party Preference), "Bo" Bogdan Ambrozewicz - Businessman[13][7]
Independent (No Party Preference), Rakesh Kumar Christian - 2010 candidate[14][15]
Independent Joe Leicht - Golf course manager[16][7]
Pink.png Peace and Freedom Party, Cindy L. Sheehan - Activist, perennial candidate[14][17]

Top-two primary system

Since California implemented the top-two primary system, minor party and no party preference candidates have had a harder time making it onto the ballot. In 2012, minor parties put 21 candidates on the ballot in California. For the 10 years prior to that election, they averaged a combined 133 candidates on the ballot.[18] Additionally, in the 111 elections for federal or state office in which a minor party did place a candidate on the primary ballot against at least two major party candidates in a top-two primary system, no minor party candidate has placed first or second in order to move on to the general election.[19][20]


Primary election

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.

Race background

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.[21]

Including Brown, fifteen candidates filed for the June 3 California gubernatorial primary election. Laguna Hills Mayor Andrew Blount (R), who was seen as a strong challenger to Brown, withdrew from the race one month before the primary due to health issues. Bount's exit left a total of fourteen hopefuls, few with the political connections or money to provide a substantial general election challenge. California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R) and former Treasury official official Neel Kashkari (R) proved to be formidable campaigners in the primary, though Brown is heavily favored for re-election.[22]

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 percent to Donnelly's 17 percent, with ex-candidate Blount at 3 percent and Kashkari at 2 percent. 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 percent, with Donnelly at 13 percent and Brown holding tight at 50 percent.[23] Around this time, the Cook Political Report released a new round of 2014 Governors Race Ratings California and rated California as "Solid Democratic."[24]


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
The Field Poll
November 15-December 3, 2014
Public Policy Institute of California
January 14-21, 2014
Public Policy Institute of California
March 11-18, 2014
The Field Poll
March 18-April 5, 2014
Public Policy Institute of California
April 8-15, 2014
Public Policy Institute of California
May 8-16, 2014
May 16-19, 2014
USC/LA Times Poll
May 21-28, 2014
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

Past elections


2010 Race for Governor - General Election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Jerry Brown 53.4%
     Republican Party Meg Whitman 41.5%
     American Independent Party Chelene Nightengale 1.6%
     Libertarian Party Dale Ogden 1.5%
     Green Party Laura Wells 1.2%
     Peace and Freedom Party Carlos Alvarez 0.8%
Total Votes 8,085,908

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
February 20, 2014 Deadline for candidates to file signatures in lieu of a filing fee
March 7, 2014 Candidate filing deadline if paying fee for ballot access
June 3, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election
November 6-December 2, 2014 State Canvassing Board meeting to certify election results
January 5, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election

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See also

External links

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  1. California Secretary of State, "Campaign Finance:Statement of Intention," accessed November 27, 2012
  2. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  5. California Secretary of State, "Campaign Finance:Statement of Intention," accessed November 27, 2012
  6. Neel Kashkari for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed February 2, 2014
  8. Richard Aguirre for Governor 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed September 11, 2013
  9. Glenn Champ for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 26, 2014
  10. Tim Donnelly for Governor, accessed July 8, 2013
  11. Green Party Watch, "Luis Rodriguez announces Green campaign for Governor of California," accessed August 14, 2013
  12. Robert Newman for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed January 20, 2014
  13. "Bo" Bogdan Ambrozewicz for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 26, 2014
  14. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Aug15candidates
  15. American Public Party Official Website, "A New Foundation for Development and Progress," accessed September 11, 2013
  16. Joe Leicht for Governor of California 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 26, 2014
  17. Cindy Sheehan for Governor 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed September 11, 2013
  18., "In statewide debut, top-two primary blocks third parties from June ballot," February 14, 2014
  19. Ballot Access News, "California Special Election Returns, State Senate District 23," March 26, 2014
  20. Ballot Access News, "Top-Two System Again Excludes All Minor Parties from General Election Campaign if At Least Two Major Party Members Ran," June 4, 2014
  21. The Sacramento Bee, "Gov. Jerry Brown to become the longest serving governor in California history," October 5, 2013
  22. The Orange County Register, "Laguna Hills mayor drops out of governor's race," April 29, 2014
  23. Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, "New University of Southern California Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times Poll," May 21-28, 2014
  24. Cook Political Report, "2014 Governors Race Ratings," May 16, 2014