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The officials confirm that vote-counting error in the Republican gubernatorial primary in Kansas.

Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state locked in a tight Republican gubernatorial primary battle against incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer-said Thursday night that he plans to recuse himself from the vote-counting process.

Earlier Thursday, Kansas election officials revealed that Kobach – who is the President of Trump received his consent – was Colyer by only 121 votes to two counties of the discrepancies reported in the first counting from Tuesday’s election.

The tightening of the vote count Colyer asked to issue a letter demanding that Kobach – the state’s top elections official — instructs county election officials at the counting of the ballot, and Thursday night Kobach let said he would call.

Said “I’m going to be happy, you recuse yourself,” Kobach told CNN. “But as I say, it really makes no difference. My office, the counting of the votes. The counties do.”

“I’ll be happy to recuse himself. But as I say, it really makes no difference. My office, the counting of the votes. The counties do.”

– Kris Kobach, a candidate for Governor of Kansas

Colyer had publicly accused Kobach, the state’s top elections official, county election officials information on the handling of not-yet-counted ballots “is not consistent with Kansas law.” In his letter, Colyer demanded that Kobach stop advice to county officials and the state attorney generally the work instead.

Earlier Thursday afternoon, Kobach had to say Colyer needled during a Fox Business network appearance, it would remove “useless” themselves from the process, because the state of the 105 counties handle the counting of the ballots to watch-but he can do this, only to Colyer “feel good”.

But a little more than an hour later, Kobach told CNN: “I said: ‘of course, if he wants me to, I would,’ and he said, ‘OK, I want you,” I will.”

The counting is not complete, because the law says mail-in ballots, postmarked Tuesday, it can be assumed, from the rural districts as late as Friday. And county officials are still several thousand provisional ballots, the ballot boxes, the voters of the choice, if you is your permission out of the question to check. You have until Aug. To exit 20.

Colyer published his letter to Kobach, according to the Governor’s campaign announced that she had a “voting integrity hotline and urged the people to report complaints about the election. Colyer spokesman Kendall Marr said it had received “countless” reported, adding that he personally knows of several dozen.

“It’s come to my attention that your office is advising county election officials — as recently as a conference call yesterday — and they are public statements on national television that are inconsistent with Kansas law and can serve to suppress the vote in the current primary election process,” Colyer said in his letter to Kobach.

In the letter, Colyer asked whether Kobach, the advice of the counties was not to be expected that some mail-in ballots, including those with a missing or illegible postmark, the self you came in when, Friday. He also said he heard reports that some unaffiliated voters, which can be explained by the law, were to belong to the polls and vote in a primary, were given provisional ballots instead of regular ballots they were due.

And Colyer ‘ wrote that the circumstances “, of course, the probability that a candidate can seek a recount, or the possibility of litigation increases.”

Kobach, a vocal advocate of tough immigration and voter identification policies, advise Trump’s campaign in 2016 and the White house afterwards, and served as Deputy Chairman of the trump dissolved Commission on electoral fraud is now. Trump tweeted his endorsement of Kobach on Monday, less than 24 hours before the polls opened.

As Secretary of state, Kobach rules, the County officials, leadership, and appoints election commissioners in the state, the four most populous counties. Kobach spokeswoman Danedri Herbert said he would react, and Colyer’s letter Friday.

Kobach told reporters on Wednesday that he knew, no significant reports of irregularities in Tuesday’s primaries, outside of the long delays in the reporting of the results from the state’s most populous County. There, Johnson County in the Kansas City area, results were delayed by problems with the upload of the data from the new voting machines.

But the totals for the GOP primary, which posted circles for the Governor’s race in at least two of the country, on the Secretary of state website with the totals from the counties themselves.

First, in Thomas County, in the state of the North-Western corner, the posted final, unofficial results on the Secretary of state website to win Kobach there is a show with 466 votes Colyer’s 422. But the record written by the Thomas County clerk’s office shows Colyer with 522 votes, or 100 votes, a number which the clerk confirmed to the Associated Press on Thursday.

Bryan Caskey, state elections director, said County officials pointed to the discrepancy Thursday after a routine request for a post-election check of the numbers to the counties by the secretary of state’s office.

“This is a routine part of the process,” Caskey said. “That is why we emphasize that the election-night results are unofficial.”

Thomas County Clerk Shelly Harms said it is possible that your handwriting on the list by Fax was to the Secretary of state in the office bad enough, in the hustle and bustle of the primary-night companies that Colyer was not clear. However, a copy of which you provided to the AP showed that the number for Colyer is clearly “522.”

“You just misunderstood,” she told the AP.

On CNN, Kobach suggested, the error was, under the type of “key print-errors happen regularly and are caught later.

And in Haskell County, elections officials said they had not reported initially, returns from a pedestrian street. Once these votes have been added, the result is a gain of 30 votes.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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