In the Kansas primary for governor, Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s lead over current Gov. Jeff Colyer shrunk to 91 votes after officials found a “mistake in the listing for one county’s results in the state’s tally of votes,” the Associated Press reports. The mistake was made in Thomas County, where there still seems to be some discrepancy in the vote count. The Kansas secretary of state’s site currently shows Kobach winning in Thomas County by 44 votes, while Thomas County’s own count shows Colyer winning by 56 votes. Bryan Caskey, state elections director, said the mistake was found after a “post-election check of the numbers” by the secretary of state’s office. One woman in the Thomas County office said her handwriting may have caused the secretary of state’s office to “misread” her count. State officials have not finished counting the provisional and in-mail ballots, which could jeopardize Kobach’s slim lead even further. This comes as Kobach announced that he wouldn’t recuse himself from the vote counting of his own election. He received an endorsement from President Donald Trump one day before the election, and is known for presenting ideas like heightened surveillance against “high-risk” immigrants to the president.
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