Gov. Brown Easily Advances to November

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    TK
    NBC Bay Area
    Gov. Jerry Brown voted at a precinct near his Oakland Hills home.

    Gov. Jerry Brown has easily advanced to the general election, setting up a historic bid for his fourth term as California governor.

    In early returns from Tuesday's primary, Brown was leading a large field of gubernatorial candidates with 57 percent of the vote.

    It's the first election for statewide office held under California's new primary system, in which the top two vote-getters advance regardless of party affiliation.

    The leading candidates seeking to survive the primary and challenge him in November are Republicans Tim Donnelly, a state lawmaker, and Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official who led the bank bailout. That contest remained too close to call.

    The Democratic governor has amassed more than $21 million in his campaign account but has barely campaigned so far.