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New campaign ad: My opponent would let your child drown. I’ll save him.

Andrew Prokop is a senior politics correspondent at Vox, covering the White House, elections, and political scandals and investigations. He’s worked at Vox since the site’s launch in 2014, and before that, he worked as a research assistant at the New Yorker’s Washington, DC, bureau.

All the polls this year have shown California Governor Jerry Brown (D) cruising to an easy reelection win. So it's about time for his GOP challenger Neel Kashkari — a Bush Treasury Department official who administered the TARP bailout program — to launch a desperate bid for some media attention. He's chosen to do so via the ad below, which shows a child drowning in a pool paired with text stating Brown betrayed kids in failing schools. The child is eventually saved by Kashkari.

The metaphorical message to parents is clear: Brown will callously let your children drown, whereas Kashkari will valiantly save them. Who would you rather vote for, huh? Here's a closer look at the latest polls, which provide an important backdrop to this development.

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