Did teen candidates change the outcome in the Kansas Governor race?
— St Joseph Post (@StJosephPost) August 9, 2018
Tyler Ruzich, of Prairie Village, and Joseph Tutera Jr., of Overland Park, received a combined 3,758 votes after running under a quirky Kansas law that set no minimum age to run for the office.
Kris Kobach and Gov. Jeff Colyer say they’re moving forward with their general election campaigns, even though primary results may not be known for weeks: https://t.co/YaU0CRk1Sd pic.twitter.com/fPRPAKPrQ4
— Lawrence Journal-World (@LJWorld) August 9, 2018
Kobach: “It is certainly possible that the result of the race could change…But, that said, it is imperative that the Republican Party not stand still for a week. We must begin running the race that is before us.”
Colyer: “We were planning on soliciting today for the general election, and we’re continuing our plans.”
Update: Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s lead over Gov. Jeff Colyer in the Republican primary has shrunk to only 91 votes after election officials discovered a mistake in the listing for one county’s results in the state’s tally of votes.
— WIBW Shawn Wheat (@wibwShawn) August 9, 2018
‘That is a conflict’: Kobach should recuse himself from a recount, experts say https://t.co/tg6uSZdpCY
— The Kansas City Star (@KCStar) August 8, 2018
The governor also would also have to file a bond with Kobach’s office to cover the cost of a recount, at a price set by Kobach. If a candidate wins following a recount, no action would be taken on the bond.
“Secretary Kobach should not decide that. That is a conflict, in my opinion. To that extent, the secretary is directly involved in the recount process. … He could set the bond so high that no one could afford that,” said Johnson, who was a member of the team that defeated Kobach in federal court earlier this year in a case that overturned a Kansas voting restriction.
Sec. of State Kobach would not recuse himself in possible recount with Colyer https://t.co/tuQxoJC1Jk
— WIBW (@wibw) August 9, 2018
Kobach told reporters that county officials would do the actual work and forward the results to his office.
“The secretary of state’s office merely serves as a coordinating entity, overseeing it all, but not actually counting the votes.”
The Brief is a daily roundup from St. Joe Post and around the web. The Associated Press contributed to this report.