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Morning Digest: Candidates in GOP major for Kansas governor are solely a preliminary 121 votes aside

The Day by day Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with further contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.

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 KS-Gov: On Thursday, election officers in Thomas County introduced that they’d found an error by the secretary of state’s workplace that had initially price Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer 100 votes in Tuesday’s extremely tight GOP major with Secretary of State Kris Kobach (the state transcribed Thomas’ tally for Colyer as 422 votes reasonably than 522). Nonetheless, one other error found later within the day netted Kobach 30 votes in Haskell County. However wait! One other discrepancy, not but resolved as of this writing, was found in Wyandotte County even later within the day. With each confirmed errors corrected, Kobach’s lead over Colyer goes from 191 votes to only 121. These sorts of typos are pretty widespread in elections, however they do not entice a lot public consideration except the race is tight.​

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​It doesn’t matter what, it should take some time for Republicans to study who gained on Tuesday. There are nonetheless between 8,000 and 10,000 provisional ballots left to depend (although not all of them might be for the GOP major). State legislation additionally permits mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day to be counted so long as they arrive by Friday, so we nonetheless do not know what number of of these votes are out. The director of Kansas’ election workplace says there might be a brand new statewide vote tally Friday that can embrace mail-in ballots, however not provisional votes.

The counties might be holding a canvas to evaluation their provisional ballots over the subsequent a number of days. Johnson and Sedgwick Counties will evaluation their mixed 3,700 provisional ballots on Monday, however two different massive counties, Wyandotte and Shawnee, will not maintain their canvasing conferences till Aug. 16. The deadline for counties to complete their canvas is Aug. 20.

There is no such thing as a automated recount in Kansas, however the trailing candidate might request one after counties have counted their mail-in and provisional ballots: The deadline to make this request is Aug. 17. The recount could be completed 5 days after it’s requested, and the State Board of Canvassers (which is made up of Colyer, Kobach, and the lawyer normal) would certify the outcomes by Aug. 31.

Whereas Kobach initially mentioned Wednesday that he wouldn’t recuse himself from overseeing a recount, he modified his tune Thursday night. Kobach, whereas insisting that his position within the course of was purely symbolic, instructed CNN he’d “be pleased to” recuse himself if Colyer wished, and would formally achieve this on Friday. Hours earlier than, after the primary voting discrepancy was introduced in Thomas County, the governor had despatched a letter to Kobach asking him to step apart. Whomever emerges with the GOP nomination when all is alleged and executed will face Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly and rich impartial Greg Orman.


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