After avoiding the campaign trail all year long, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown is finally hitting the road this week. Yet sticking with his strategy to date, Brown’s not really campaigning for his own re-election. He’s mostly focused on winning voter approval of Propositions 1 and 2, the water bond and rainy day fund. And after criticism from Democrats, he’s also starting to help some of his party’s legislative candidates in competitive races.
Brown’s challenger, Republican Neel Kashkari, is keeping up his string of campaign appearances. It’s a mix of speeches at Republican group events and get-out-the-vote precinct walks for GOP candidates – along with a few made-for-TV events slipped in as well.
Both campaigns are on the air with TV ads – Kashkari attacking Brown, and the governor focused on Props 1 and 2. Brown has a healthy lead in fundraising – and in polls.