Election Update: Governor race remains close, final results remain undetermined

Herald Report

Final results for the Primary Election that was held on Tuesday, Aug. 7, are still undetermined.

The Republican Governor’s race remains the closest, with the unofficial results showing a difference of 191 votes between Jeff Colyer (current Governor) and Kris Kobach (current Secretary of State), with Kobach leading the race.

Currently, all 105 Kansas counties are canvassing their results to determine final numbers. As of noon Tuesday, Aug. 14, with some county canvasses complete, Kobach leads by just over 300 votes.

Timeline

Counties began canvassing on Monday, Aug 13, and have until Monday, Aug. 20, to meet and certify the results.

The State Board of Canvassers must meet and certify election results given them by the counties no later than Friday, Aug. 31. The state board is comprised of the Governor, the Attorney General and the Secretary of State.

Any candidate for Governor may request a recount through 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17. The requesting candidate must submit a bond to fund the recount. The cost will be derived from estimates provided by affected counties.

Once requested (and bonded), the recount would begin the following day, and must be completed within five days. If a request is made on Friday, Aug. 17, the recount would need to be completed by Aug. 22.

The Herald will publish final results once they become available.

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