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What's driving Neel Kashkari's uphill battle for governorship

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Republican Neel Kashkari received enough votes in Tuesday's primary election to face-off with Democratic incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown in the California gubernatorial race in November.
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Republican Neel Kashkari is running for governor against Gov. Jerry Brown

Republican Neel Kashkari's bid for governor was always going to be an uphill battle, but he may have an ulterior motive in running for office.

Republican Neel Kashkari's bid for governor was always going to be an uphill battle, but now two polls have him running way behind Democratic incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown, and one survey found that just a quarter of likely voters could even identify Kashkari as a candidate.

So what's driving Kashkari to press ahead? 

The former banker says he wants to win in November. But he may have an ulterior motive: He wants to transform the state's Republican Party, and a high-profile campaign — even a losing one — could provide him with the pulpit to do so, reports KPCC's Alice Walton.

Read the full story: Neel Kashkari's bid for governor challenges Jerry Brown and the Republican Party

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