LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari says he will focus on issues that affect middle-class Californians in his longshot campaign to unseat Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports Kashkari was in Orange County Wednesday to make his first campaign statements following his second-place finish in Tuesday’s primary.

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At a news conference Corona del Mar, Kashkari acknowledged that he faces a steep challenge trying to unseat Brown, who had about 55 percent of the vote compared to 19 percent for Kashkari.

“Let me just tell you this: we feel great, alright? We feel great,” said Kashkari. “We really feel encouraged and we’re so grateful to have so many terrific supporters.”

The 40-year-old ex-Goldman Sachs executive and former TARP program administrator said he will shift his campaign focus to middle-clas issues such as education, jobs, streamlining regulations and scrapping high-speed rail.

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But Brown – who has more than $21 million in his campaign account and a lifetime of experience campaigning in California – said he thinks voters support his pragmatic approach.

“I’m gonna campaign hard, I take nothing for granted,” said Brown.

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