His former opponent, Tim Donnelly, ran a campaign more appropriate for Texas or Alabama. Kashkari is running a campaign more appropriate for Wisconsin or South Dakota: Kashkari is ignoring mass immigration, the elephant in the California room.
Mass immigration - especially mass lower-skilled illegal immigration - has had a very negative impact on California. It's increased education costs, driven Americans out of work or out of the state, and affected nearly every aspect of life in the state.
Instead of acknowledging that and either presenting an argument for continued mass immigration or working to reduce the flow, Kashkari has worked to ignore the issue. Instead, one of Kashkari's tag lines is "Jobs and Education. That's It." Both of those are important issues, but mass immigration is a much more fundamental issue: we can't fix jobs and education without fixing immigration.
In June 2014, Kashkari requested questions about his policies for a radio appearance on KFI. I tweeted him 40 tough immigration questions.
Not only was Kashkari incapable of answering any of my questions, he showed how unstable he is by smearing me on another radio station simply for asking him tough policy questions.
Let's say someone applies for a job and refuses to answer questions about how they'd do the job. Not only that, but they smear the interviewer for asking how they'd do the job. Should that person get the job?
At the September 4, 2014 California gubernatorial debate between Jerry Brown and Neel Kashkari, Kashkari admitted that he would have signed the same law as Jerry Brown that gave driver's licenses to illegal aliens. Scan forward to 3:40 on the clip below for the short version of what Kashkari said, then scroll back to the beginning for the full segment.
[UPDATE: RESULTS BELOW]