Colyer, Kobach send supporters home as Kansas race undecided

Republican Secretary of State and candidate for Kansas governor Kris Kobach, left, will team up with current Gov. Jeff Colyer, right, for a $15,000-a-person pheasant hunt in October to raise money for the state Republican Party.

At least three different counties in Kansas have inconsistent election results from the Secretary of State's Website.

Thomas, Haskell and Wyandotte County results differ than the unofficial final results up on the state's Website.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach still leads over Gov. Jeff Colyer by 104 votes in the Republican primary.

The final, unofficial results posted on the secretary of state's website show Kobach winning Thomas County in northwest Kansas, with 466 votes to Colyer's 422. But the tally posted by the Thomas County clerk's office shows Colyer with 522 votes, or 100 votes more for him, a number the clerk confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday.

The Haskell County Election Website has Kris Kobach with 257 votes, with Jeff Colyer's total at 220. The state's Website had 110 to 103 for Kobach. Haskell County said they did not report all of their results to the state until a day later, meaning Kobach gains 30 votes.

Wyandotte County's election page shows Kobach won the county by a 2,714 - to - 1,532 margin. The state's Website credits Kobach with 2,737 votes, while Colyer has 1,538.

The state of Kansas confirms to KCTV5 News and WIBW that Wyandotte County's election results were correct, meaning both candidates lose votes there.

In addition, a fourth county showed different results on its Website compared to the state.

Elk County, KS showed that Colyer has four additional votes compared to what the state shows.

The lead is minuscule when compared with the 311,000 votes cast.

On Thursday afternoon, Colyer called for Kobach to recuse himself from "providing election advice to county election officers."

During an interview on CNN Thursday night, Kobach said he would be happy to recuse himself and is expected to make the announcement on Friday.

And Bryan Caskey, state elections director, said county officials pointed out the discrepancy Thursday following a routine request for a post-election check of the numbers to counties by the secretary of state's office.

County election officials have yet to finish counting late-arriving mail-in ballots or provisional ballots provided to voters at the polls when their eligibility wasn't clear.

"This is a routine part of the process," Caskey said. "This is why we emphasize that election-night results are unofficial."

Thomas County Clerk Shelly Harms said it's possible that her handwriting on the tally sheet faxed to the secretary of state's office was bad enough in the rush of primary-night business that the number for Colyer wasn't clear.

"They just misread it," she told The Associated Press.

Kobach is perhaps President Donald Trump's closest political ally in the state, and he's a vocal advocate of tough policies on immigration and strict voter identification laws who served as vice chairman of Trump's now disbanded commission on election fraud. The president tweeted his endorsement of Kobach on Monday, less than 24 hours before the polls opened.

Gov. Colyer released the following statement on Thursday: “The discovery of these 100 votes for Governor Colyer that were not included in Tuesday night’s results show the importance of getting this right. This is exactly why you have canvas, this is why you check your math, and this is why Gov. Colyer will ensure that every vote is counted fairly and accurately.”Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. KCTV5 News contributed to this report.


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