Kansas Secretary of state Kris Kobach (left) won the state Republican gubernatorial primary to Gov. Jeff Colyer (right) conceded a week after their neck-and-neck finish threatened to send the race to a recount.
The incumbent Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer, left his opponent, Secretary of state Kris Kobach, the state Republican primary Tuesday night, a week after the extremely tight vote.
The latest vote tally put Kobach, the President Trump had endorsed, only 345 votes on Colyer from more than 311,000 initially counted.
Kobach took to thank to Twitter, to leave it to the Governor for his advocacy and his “gracious call”.
Thank you Governor Colyer for your kind phone call this evening to offer your endorsement to #TeamKobach for Kansas Governor. I am looking forward to keep on the cooperation with the Governor Colyer and all Republicans, Kansas red in November! #ksleg #ksgov #MAGA #MKGA pic.twitter.com/Kk10LrbAK1
— Kris W. Kobach (@KrisKobach1787) August 15, 2018
The close race called for a longer county-by-county review of the provisional ballot, and resulted in the two candidates challenge each other’s legal interpretations, to send observers to monitor the vote count, and raise the specter of lawsuits.
Colyer is also the question of whether Kobach — the top election official in Kansas as Secretary of state — was not expecting the advice to the counties so that some mail-in ballots, including those with missing or unreadable stamp.
Kobach away from election-related charges on Aug. 10, until the primary end point was solved, but Colyer argues that Kobach still had a conflict of interest because his top Deputy, Kobach took.
Kobach rejected Colyer’s criticism, saying that his “unrestrained rhetoric has the potential to undermine public confidence in the electoral process.”
Kris Kobach, a strong and early supporter of mine, is running for Governor of the Great state of Kansas. He is a fantastic guy who loves his state and our country – he is a Great Governor and has my full & total approval! Strong Crime, Border & Military. VOTE TUESDAY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 6. August 2018
Trump endorsed Kobach in a tweet the day before the primary: “Kris Kobach, a strong and early supporter of mine, is running for Governor of the Great state of Kansas. He is a fantastic guy who loves his state and our country – he is a Great Governor and has my full & total approval! Strong Crime, Border & Military.”
Kobach is likely to face Democrat Laura Kelly and the independent candidate Greg Orman in the November parliamentary elections in the decidedly conservative state.
Colyer is a 58-year-old surgeon from the suburbs of Kansas City. He served as Lieutenant Governor for seven years and took over as Governor in January after Sam Brownback resigned, ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @PaulinaDedaj.