Kobach recuses himself from Kansas vote count as his lead narrows

Kansas’ too-close-to-call Republican primary for governor got even tighter on Thursday, with Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s 191-vote lead over incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer shrinking to 121 out of 311,000 ballots cast.

The tally was adjusted as two counties reported that their counts differed from what Kobach’s office put on its website. Colyer said some clerks had received incorrect information on what ballots to count, and he bitterly called on Kobach to recuse himself. Kobach said he would step aside from overseeing the count.

Kobach, who got a late endorsement from President Trump, told CNN his role in the process was largely symbolic, but that he would be “happy” to recuse himself if that’s what his opponent wanted.

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