A mostly unknown Republican gubernatorial candidate dropped out of the race Tuesday, but the two main GOP contenders will debate next month in a 90-minute event moderated by popular talk-radio hosts.
Laguna Hills Mayor Andrew Blount cited health problems as he pulled out of the June 3 primary contest.
"Due to this, I've been unable to put together the campaign that California deserves," he wrote on a Facebook message to supporters.
Best known for his elaborate annual Christmas light display, Blount was a long-shot candidate who had single-digit support in the polls. The Republican had eschewed donations, saying, "California is not for sale and neither is this election."
Attempts to reach Blount on Tuesday were unsuccessful.
The duo said they had also invited Brown. A political spokesman for the governor said he had not seen a debate invitation.
Attempts to reach Donnelly were unsuccessful.
Kashkari has raised much more money than Donnelly and rolled out high-profile endorsements by Republican leaders, including a nod from former Florida Gov.