Gov. Colyer: Not calling for a recount yet

The race between Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and incumbent GOP Governor Jeff Colyer remains too close to call with more than 311,000 votes tallied and more than 10,000 absentee and provisional ballots left to count. Gov. Colyer says that it is too soon for a recount because every vote must be counted first.

Posted: Aug 10, 2018 12:47 PM
Updated: Aug 10, 2018 1:07 PM

Kansas GOP Secretary of State Kris Kobach said on Thursday he planned to recuse himself from his role overseeing the undecided gubernatorial primary race between himself and incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer.

The close GOP primary race between the two took a turn on Thursday, with discrepancies discovered between unofficial results from the county and the state levels and Colyer calling for Kobach to step aside from election oversight as outstanding votes are counted.

Kobach told CNN he would recuse himself after the request, although he called his role largely symbolic in any case.

"There's really no point to it, but I said if my opponent wishes me to, I'd be happy to," Kobach said on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time."

"But it's purely symbolic. I don't think he understands the process."

Kobach, as secretary of state, is Kansas' chief elections official.

Kobach said he would formally recuse himself on Friday.

"Yeah, we'll be formally answering his request tomorrow, but I'll give you a heads up," Kobach told Cuomo. "Yes, we'll be, I'll be happy to recuse myself, but as I say it really doesn't make any difference."

The race between Kobach and Colyer for the GOP gubernatorial nomination remains too close to call with more than 311,000 votes tallied and more than 10,000 absentee and provisional ballots left to count -- meaning the race won't be settled for days.

"It's certainly possible that the result of the race could change," Kobach said at a news conference Thursday.

One discrepancy was with the results in Thomas County, where County Clerk Shelly Harms said Colyer got 522 votes -- not the 422 votes he was listed as having received on the Secretary of State's website.

Harms shared with CNN the document she faxed the Secretary of State's office on election night listing Colyer's total as 522. She said she hadn't had time to inform the Secretary of State's office that its unofficial result total was inaccurate.

Reports of discrepancies between the listed vote totals in the race from Wyandotte and Haskell counties also came in on Thursday. As of Thursday evening, the county sites showed slightly different results from the Secretary of State's corresponding results for each county. CNN reached out to both the Secretary of State's office and the counties to confirm that their websites' unofficial totals reflect a discrepancy and to see how it would be resolved. Those offices did not respond to CNN's request for comment

Asked about the updated total on Thursday evening, Kobach said "keystroke errors" in unofficial totals were an inevitable part of the process and that results were reviewed repeatedly before official certification.

He is known nationally for his advocacy for restrictive voting laws. He led President Donald Trump's commission that investigated Trump's false claim that millions of votes were cast illegally in the 2016 election, and has backed up Trump's claim despite never producing evidence of widespread voter fraud.

Colyer issued a public letter on Thursday evening requesting Kobach recuse himself from overseeing the final stages of the vote count in their race and defer to the state's attorney general.

"It has come to my attention that your office is giving advice to county election officials -- as recently as a conference call yesterday -- and you are making public statements on national television which are inconsistent with Kansas law and may serve to suppress the vote in the ongoing Kansas primary election process," Colyer's letter read. "Accordingly, I hereby request that you recuse yourself from rendering further advice in these matters and that you designate the Attorney General of Kansas to provide this function."

In an interview on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront," Colyer said it was "too soon" for him to request a recount and that he was waiting to see the results after outstanding ballots are counted. He said that, in the meantime, Kobach's recusal would be appropriate.

"I want to make sure that Kansans have the confidence that we have the right legal advice in this and that every vote is counted," Colyer said.

When asked later in the interview whether he would support Kobach as governor should he win the primary, Colyer replied affirmatively.

"Yes, of course," Colyer said. "We want the Republican governor to win here in Kansas. It's about making sure (of) these Republican values, that the economy is growing, that our schools are well-funded. That's the important thing for me."

Any candidate in the race can request a recount in individual counties -- but most post a bond to cover the cost of the recount. Those recount requests must be filed with the Kansas Secretary of State's office by August 17. Kobach said in a news conference Wednesday that he would not recuse himself should Colyer seek a recount, which would begin on the county level before being certified by Kobach's office.

County canvassing boards have until August 21 to complete their canvasses. The Secretary of State's Board of Canvassers must then certify the official results by August 31.

This story has been updated.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 93087

Reported Deaths: 2809
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds6956155
DeSoto539355
Harrison372772
Jackson337867
Madison320086
Rankin318875
Lee258567
Jones239978
Forrest238270
Washington217471
Lafayette207239
Lauderdale1994124
Bolivar179065
Oktibbeha174750
Lamar162134
Neshoba1534103
Panola144027
Sunflower141144
Lowndes139857
Warren138050
Leflore136280
Pontotoc122516
Pike120948
Monroe118365
Scott116125
Copiah115933
Coahoma112327
Holmes109158
Marshall107515
Lincoln106253
Grenada105335
Yazoo103629
Simpson101243
Union97824
Tate95137
Leake93937
Adams91736
Wayne87421
Pearl River86250
Marion84133
Prentiss80817
Covington80622
Alcorn76811
Newton75623
Itawamba75221
Tallahatchie74918
George74413
Winston72319
Tishomingo65737
Chickasaw65224
Tippah64216
Attala64125
Walthall59325
Clay57117
Hancock56121
Jasper54915
Noxubee54315
Clarke53539
Smith52114
Calhoun50612
Tunica47913
Montgomery45420
Claiborne45116
Lawrence42512
Yalobusha41614
Perry40617
Humphreys37315
Quitman3735
Stone35011
Greene34317
Webster33113
Jefferson Davis32511
Amite31210
Carroll31212
Wilkinson30217
Kemper28615
Sharkey26312
Jefferson2399
Benton2181
Franklin1893
Choctaw1785
Issaquena1033
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 128818

Reported Deaths: 2284
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson18911337
Mobile13039289
Montgomery8628173
Madison750775
Tuscaloosa7180114
Lee570559
Shelby564550
Baldwin504749
Marshall382143
Etowah333447
Calhoun332039
Morgan318126
Houston269922
Elmore251947
DeKalb234619
St. Clair221335
Walker220780
Talladega205026
Limestone197319
Cullman183017
Franklin174128
Dallas173626
Russell17112
Autauga167324
Lauderdale164133
Colbert159326
Escambia155725
Blount154214
Jackson149411
Chilton147127
Dale132743
Covington130227
Coffee12708
Pike11519
Tallapoosa113183
Chambers112342
Clarke104917
Marion93728
Butler90838
Barbour8307
Marengo69919
Winston69912
Lowndes64527
Pickens63114
Bibb62810
Hale61228
Randolph60712
Bullock58514
Lawrence58220
Monroe5758
Geneva5634
Cherokee55516
Washington54413
Perry5376
Clay5367
Wilcox53011
Conecuh52311
Crenshaw52231
Macon47620
Henry4674
Fayette4189
Sumter41819
Lamar3452
Choctaw34412
Cleburne3206
Greene30015
Coosa1613
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 62°
Columbus
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 62°
Oxford
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 59°
Starkville
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 59°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather