Kobach emerges from primary as the Republican gubernatorial candidate after much controversy following the closing of the polls.
It’s official that Kris Kobach and running mate Wink Hartman will be the Republican candidates for the November 6, 2018 gubernatorial general election after Wednesday’s concession by Gov. Jeff Colyer, whose running mate was Tracey Mann.
Results for the governor’s race had been up in the air since polls closed August 7.
While, statewide, Colyer was in a dead heat contested battle with contender Kris Kobach to be on the Republican ballot for governor, in Pratt County the Colyer-Mann ticket had a lead over the Kobach-Hartman ticket by a margin of 73 votes when polls closed last week.
Pratt Deputy County Clerk Lori Voss said Wednesday that the completed canvassing of the county election results returned the same numbers.
“The canvass didn’t change anything for Colyer or Kobach in Pratt County,” Voss said.
She said that both of the provisional ballots for the primary election were from registered Democrats and did not affect the Republican gubernatorial contest.
However, Voss said, there was one Republican mail-in ballot received by the deadline which added a vote to the Colyer-Mann count, making the official results for the governor’s race 655 votes for Colyer-Mann ticket and 581 votes for Kovach-Hartman ticket.
The Pratt County election canvass was conducted by the Pratt County commissioners at a special meeting Monday at their courthouse chambers, Voss said.
The canvass was not a result of a close vote, according to the deputy county clerk.
“There always has to be a canvass, no matter what,” Voss said.
The Tribune was unable to reach any Pratt County Republican Committee leaders for comments.
Pratt USD 382 Superintendent Suzan Patton said Wednesday that last January, when she had the opportunity to meet with Gov. Colyer in her role as president of the Kansas School Superintendents Association, she felt Colyer demonstrated real leadership when it came to dealing with the school funding crisis. She did not say if she felt Kobach could provide the same.