Kansas' gubernatorial primary is looking worse for Kris Kobach, President Trump's preferred candidate.
Kobach, one of the many Republicans narrowly vying for Kansas' GOP nomination, just lost half his lead over closest opponent, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer, WIBW reports. In the thoroughly Republican state, whoever wins the GOP primary will likely win the governor's seat.
A counting error discovered Thursday added 100 votes to Colyer's total in Kansas' Thompson County. The number seems negligible, but Kobach only secured 191 more votes than Colyer in Tuesday's primary. The Kansas Secretary of State website will be updated Friday morning with the change, as well as with any mail-in votes that trickle in, officials tell WIBW.
Kobach earned Trump's endorsement — reportedly against White House advisers' urging — in advance of Tuesday's primary. As Kansas' current secretary of state, Kobach oversees elections and was once held in contempt of court because he wouldn't tell Kansans if they were registered to vote in 2016. A hypothetical recount in this gubernatorial primary would also fall under Kobach's authority, and he's so far declined to recuse himself from running it. Kathryn Krawczyk