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Kansas GOP Primary Governor's Race Battle Between Kobach And Colyer Heating Up! SURPRISE UPDATE: COLYER CONCEDES

 
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Kansas GOP Primary Governor's Race Battle Between Kobach And Colyer Heating Up! SURPRISE UPDATE: COLYER CONCEDES
Well, things have started to really heat up after the close election on Tuesday night. I've decided to go ahead and start up a thread because the fur is really starting to fly over this.

It all started with election night voting problems.

Update of the Kansas governor's race. Husband just called me. He heard on the radio just now that they should have the results in at 8:00 a.m. They are citing long lines at the polls and slow data uptake from USB ports as the reasons for it taking so long to get the numbers in. Kake is still reflecting the 95% reporting figure with the 541 vote lead for Kobach.
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Thread: Super Tuesday: Primary Election Coverage 8/7/18 (Page 2)

Long lines before polls close in Wichita

"One of the polling places that had long lines Tuesday was out in northeast Wichita at the WSU Metroplex."

[link to www.ksn.com (secure)]

Long poll lines delay Kansas election results

"A Kansas official says long lines at polling places delayed election results in the state's most populous county as Gov. Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach were locked in a tight race for the Republican nomination for governor."

[link to www.ksn.com (secure)]


Results were not finalized until 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. When the results were finalized Kobach had one by 191 votes.

At that point in time, they reiterated that they were not going to officially call the vote.

Unofficial results: Kobach upsets Colyer in tight GOP governor's race

"Unofficial results show Kris Kobach upset Jeff Colyer in the GOP primary for Kansas governor, but the race is too close to call.

With election officials in Kansas halting the vote count Wednesday morning, Secretary of State Kris Kobach leads Gov. Jeff Colyer by 191 votes. It could be a few days before all absentee votes are counted.

A new state law allows ballots postmarked as of Tuesday to be counted, so long as they arrive three days after Election Day."

[link to www.kake.com]

Governor Colyer statement regarding election

"Given the historically close margin of the current tabulation, the presence of thousands of as yet uncounted provisional ballots and the extraordinary problems with the count, particularly in Johnson County, this election remains too close to call."

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"All precincts have reported. Reminders: results are unofficial. Provisional ballots are not included. Some hand-counted paper ballots are not included. Ballots that were postmarked on or before yesterday and received by Friday will be included in final totals. #KsLeg"

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Wednesday, they then went on to state that it could now take weeks before we had the official results.

Election official: Results could take a few weeks for Republican candidate for governor

"There were a lot of mixed emotions Wednesday from voters as they anxiously await results in the Republican primary for governor.

. . .

Since the race is so close, a recount has been a topic that's unavoidable.

. . .

When it comes to tallying the votes some have questioned the conflict of interest having the Secretary of State in the race."

[link to www.ksn.com (secure)]

Analyst on GOP primary race for governor: 'It's conceivable that the outcome can change'

"Mail-in ballots are still arriving and as long as they are postmarked by yesterday and arrive by Friday, they will count.

Also, provisional ballots still need to be counted.

Those two categories could add up to 8,000-10,000 more votes."

[link to www.ksn.com (secure)]

Thursday, things grew worse with accusations beginning to fly.

Governor Colyer opened a voting report hotline because he alleges his voters were having problems finding his name on the ballot, were forced to vote provisional, or were outright turned away.

[link to www.ksn.com (secure)]

Kobach's lead was also reduced to 121 down from the 191 due to a counting error on Thursday.

Colyer campaign releases statement regarding voting count error

"On Thursday, a reporting error in the vote count from Thomas County was discovered and corrected. The correction narrowed the 191 vote margin to just 91 votes."

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Kobach firmer about staying out of vote count

"The net change in Haskell County is 30 votes in favor of Kobach, which moves his margin from 91 to 121 votes."

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Colyer sent Kobach a letter on Thursday accusing him of providing guidance to county election officials and on national TV inconsistent with state law and even mentioned the possibility that it could lead to litigation.

Kobach firmer about staying out of vote count

"Colyer sent Kobach a letter Thursday that accuses him of giving county election officials guidance that is "inconsistent with Kansas law" about handling mailed-in and other ballots.

Colyer said in the letter that Kobach should have Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a fellow Republican, provide advice to county election officials instead."

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In response Kobach did step down.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he will remove himself from the further counting of votes while his Republican primary battle with Gov. Jeff Colyer hangs in the balance

"Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday that he will remove himself from the further counting of votes while his Republican primary battle with Gov. Jeff Colyer hangs in the balance, describing it as a 'symbolic' step in response to a public demand from Colyer.

. . .

Kobach needled Colyer in a Fox Business network appearance Thursday evening, saying it would be 'pointless' to remove himself from the process because the state's 105 counties handle the counting of ballots but he might do so just to make Colyer 'feel good.'

But a little more than an hour later, questioned on CNN, Kobach said: 'I said, "Of course, if he wants me to, I would,"' and he has said, "OK, I do want you to," so I will.'"

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Kansas GOP primary for governor turns nasty as Kobach's lead dwindles

"The close contest between the embattled governor and a conservative lightning rod took an acrimonious turn as Kobach's lead shrunk from 191 votes to 121 out of 311,000 ballots cast, after two counties reported discrepancies in their initial tallies."

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Yeah, I have a feeling that things are only going to get nastier the longer this goes on.
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Political Expert: 'I do think the longer it goes on, the more problematic it is for Republicans'

"As the ballot counting continues, both Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Governor Jeff Colyer say they're campaigning as if they were the Republican Party's nominee.

. . .

Loomis explained depending on how long this process drags out, not having a nominee could hurt Republicans in the general election, especially when it comes to fundraising.

. . .

The Kansas Republican Party says it will support whoever the nominee turns out to be."

I agree that this could be problematic, especially if the fighting gets really dirty!
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Both sides of the equation or able to investigate fraudulent voting. Let's see if the Republicans have the balls to do so as well
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Where is your promise for voter Integrity / your announcement, president Trump? Why are the Democratic votes being scrutinized?
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Where is your promise for voter Integrity / your announcement, president Trump? Why are the Democratic votes not being scrutinized?
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Gov. Colyer's campaign hires attorney to oversee canvassing

"In what is still a tight race for the Republican Party's nomination, Governor Jeff Colyer's campaign has hired former U.S. Attorney Todd Graves to assist with any legal counsel related to the canvassing process which starts on Monday.

'We felt it necessary to hire Todd Graves onto our team, because of some of the statements our Secretary of State has made in regards to the election,' said Kendall Marr, Colyer's campaign spokesman.

. . .

Kobach said Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rucker would now oversee the canvassing process and will serve on the State Board of Canvassers, which certifies the final results.

. . .

Kobach refutes Colyer's claim.


'Guidance from my office has been issued to county election officials regarding the processing of mailed ballots and provisional ballots. This guidance is consistent with the guidance provided in years past and is in accordance with state law. Any guidance given to the county election officials regarding these matters is available to you upon request,' Kobach said."

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Well, that didn't take long!
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Colyer is realy a Rhino...that being said, I vote early and often.
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Kobach steps away from duties in contested Kansas vote count

"Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach stepped aside from his duties as the state's top elections official Friday until his hotly contested Republican primary challenge to Gov. Jeff Colyer is resolved, but Colyer argued that Kobach still has a conflict of interest because Kobach is handing his responsibilities to his top deputy.

. . .

Kobach's duties will go to Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rucker. Colyer was pressing Kobach to have state Attorney General Derek Schmidt advise county election officials - something Kobach argued isn't allowed by law.

Colyer spokesman Kendall Marr called Rucker 'a good and decent man' but said assigning Kobach's duties to someone Kobach can fire 'at any time' does not address 'the clear conflict of interest that exists.'

. . .

Updated totals with late mail-in ballots from all 105 counties counted left Kobach's lead over Colyer at 110 votes out of more than 313,000 cast, less than the 191 votes recorded the morning after Tuesday's election.

. . .

In addition to counting mail-in ballots, county officials must review nearly 9,000 provisional ballots, given to voters at the polls when their eligibility is in question. The counties have until Aug. 20 to finish. Colyer's campaign on Friday announced plans to have representatives in all 105 counties when provisional ballots are reviewed.

. . .

The secretary of state's role in the actual counting of ballots is limited: His office provides guidance, compiles statewide vote tallies and provides general supervision.

Kobach said Rucker also will serve on the three-member state board that will certify the primary's final results by Aug. 31. Colyer is also a member of that board, and Kobach called on him to let Lt. Gov. Tracey Mann serve on the board instead. Colyer did not say whether he would do so.

Kobach also defended previous actions, saying his advice on handling ballots was in keeping with state law and longstanding practices. He wrote to Colyer: 'As governor of Kansas, your unrestrained rhetoric has the potential to undermine the public's confidence in the election process.'"

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Kobach's lead reduced to 110 after mail-in ballots. Things really also seem to be breaking down further still.
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Colyer is realy a Rhino...that being said, I vote early and often.
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Yeah, that's what my husband and I think as well. We would really like to see Kobach take this.
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Provisional vote counting underway in Kansas

"Election officials in most Kansas counties are beginning to review some 9,000 provisional ballots Monday as part of a statewide effort to arrive at final official vote totals in the tight Republican primary for governor."

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Kobach's lead has been cut down to 100 and Johnson County has thrown out 900 provisional ballots already! I'm sure that's not sitting well with Colyer right now. I wonder what the reasons were for throwing them out!
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I am absolutely shocked right now! I guess Colyer conceded!

Kansas governor concedes GOP primary to secretary of state

"Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer conceded Tuesday evening in the state's Republican gubernatorial primary, saying he will endorse Secretary of State Kris Kobach a week after their neck-and-neck finish threatened to send the race to a recount.

Colyer accepted defeat in a surprise announcement after a review of some provisional ballots from most Kansas counties failed to find enough votes for him to overcome a deficit of 110 votes at the time of poll closing in the Aug. 7 primary, out of more than 311,000 votes initially counted. Kobach, who was endorsed by President Donald Trump, has seen his lead widen as the counting of provisional ballots continues into next week across the state."

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