UI alum advances in California governor race
A University of Illinois graduate is one step closer to the California Governor's office, but reports indicate it will be an uphill battle for him from here.
Republican Neel Kashkari was one of the top two vote-getters in Tuesday's primary election in California. That allows him to advance to the general election in November. California has a so-called "jungle primary," where the top two vote-getters advance, regardless of party.
Kashkari on Tuesday got 19% of the vote, with his closest challenger, GOP State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, getting 14.8%. Both of those totals, though, were well short of the showing by incumbent Democrat Jerry Brown. He got 54.5% of the vote. Media reports and polls indicate that Brown will be favored to defeat Kashkari in November.
Kashkari got his bachelors and masters degrees in engineering at the UI before working for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, among other ventures.