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Offbeat APNewsBreak: Kobach's lead in Kansas race cut after mistake

22:01  09 august  2018
22:01  09 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

Trump breaks with aides, tweets endorsement of Kobach

  Trump breaks with aides, tweets endorsement of Kobach President Donald Trump is endorsing controversial Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in that state's GOP gubernatorial primary.In a Monday morning tweet ahead of the Tuesday contest, Trump says Kobach has his "full & total Endorsement!"

The close results in Kansas came after Mr. Trump upended the race on Monday by endorsing Mr. Kobach against the advice of some of the party’ s top strategists. A victory for Mr. Kobach would again demonstrate Mr. Trump’ s ability to influence Republican primaries.

The close results in Kansas came after Mr. Trump upended the race on Monday by endorsing Mr. Kobach against the advice of some of the party’ s top strategists. A victory for Mr. Kobach would again demonstrate Mr. Trump’ s ability to influence Republican primaries.

FILE: Republican primary candidate for Governor Kris Kobach, speaks to supporters just after midnight in a tight race with Jeff Colyer that is too close to call. Kobach was supported by President Trump against incumbent Jeff Colyer on August 7, 2018 in Topeka, Kansas. © Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images FILE: Republican primary candidate for Governor Kris Kobach, speaks to supporters just after midnight in a tight race with Jeff Colyer that is too close to call. Kobach was supported by President Trump against incumbent Jeff Colyer on August 7, 2018 in Topeka, Kansas.

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's lead over Gov. Jeff Colyer in the Republican primary has been cut by more than half after election officials discovered a mistake in the listing for one county's results in the state's tally.

The mistake means Kobach's lead has fallen to only 91 votes from 191 when final results were reported after Tuesday's primary.

Final, unofficial results 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 shows Colyer with 522 votes. Clerk Shelly Harms confirmed the figure Thursday to The Associated Press.

State elections director Bryan Caskey said the county pointed out the discrepancy Thursday following a routine post-election check of numbers.

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Kobach widens lead over governor in Kansas GOP primary .
<p>Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach still led Gov. Jeff Colyer in the Republican race for governor after provisional votes were counted Tuesday in the state's most populous county.</p>WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach still led Gov. Jeff Colyer in the Republican race for governor after provisional votes were counted Tuesday in the state's most populous county.

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