And yes, Goel did, in fact, run an independent campaign for the state’s top office in 2018 at age 22 — losing badly to Democrat Gavin Newsom. According to state election records, the UCLA graduate and virtual-reality manager finished in second-to-last place among the 27 candidates with a total of 4,020 votes.
Goel (affectionately nicknamed “Shooby”) finished second on “The Circle” to his bartender buddy Joey Sasso, who won $100,000 for befriending a bunch of strangers encountered only via voice-activated social media connections.
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The self-styled nerd described social media as “our modern-day bubonic plague” but quickly found himself chasing likes and DMing fellow contestants (including several catfishes) on the series,