With narrow lead and votes to count, Kobach presses ahead as victor in Kansas primary

August 08, 2018 - 5:11 pm
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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says the GOP can't wait until the close party primary for governor is resolved next week to start campaigning against Democrats, so he will start immediately.

Kobach was leading Gov. Jeff Colyer in a race too close to call Wednesday morning.

Kobach said it's possible that his current 191 vote advantage will disappear when outstanding votes are counted next week and that Colyer could end up being the nominee and "taking the baton" of the campaign.

But he said it's imperative that the party not wait to start the general election campaign, because the Democrats won't wait.

Colyer was not conceding the race.

In a statement, he cited the close results and "extraordinary problems" in Johnson County, the state's most populous county.

Kobach was asked, as current Secretary of State, what the process is for a recount.  

He said, there is no automatic trigger for a recount in a primary in Kansas, so a candidate would have to ask for one and post a bond to cover the costs.  

Final results for the governor's race aren't expected until next week, when all of the provisional and mail-in ballots are counted.

 

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