Kashkari to make middle-class appeal for governor 

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  • California Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Neel Kashkari, left, greets a supporter during an election night party at the Port Theater on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, in the Corona Del Mar area of Newport Beach, Calif. Two Republicans are vying Tuesday for the chance to challenge Gov. Jerry Brown in November.

Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari says he will focus on issues that affect middle-class Californians in his longshot campaign to unseat Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

At a news conference Wednesday in the Orange County coastal community of Corona del Mar, Kashkari acknowledged that he faces a steep challenge trying to unseat Brown, who had about 55 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary compared to 19 percent for Kashkari.

Brown also has more than $21 million in his campaign account and a lifetime of experience campaigning in California.

Kashkari says he will focus on issues such education, jobs, streamlining regulations and scrapping high-speed rail.

Brown says he will take nothing for granted in November but says "California's come a long way." He thinks voters support his pragmatic approach.

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