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Alex Padilla
Less-funded controller's race is where the real money is
Less-funded controller's race is where the real money is

Who could have imagined? The California controller contest is more intriguing than the slow-motion race for governor. Gov. Jerry Brown isn't really campaigning, and he's jogging far ahead of Republican Neel Kashkari, even if the Democrat's lead has been trimmed to 16 percentage points, according to a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. That's still a mini-landslide in the making. Brown has roughly $20 million banked for TV ads, if he chooses to spend it. Kashkari's campaign is practically broke. The controller's race, however, is one of only two for statewide office that a Republican has a credible chance of winning. The other is for...

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