Kobach recuses himself from Kansas governor’s race recount

(Reuters) – Kris Kobach, the Republican candidate endorsed by U.S. President Donald Trump in the Kansas governor’s race, said he plans to recuse himself from the vote recount after a correction in the total cut his lead to just 91 votes.

FILE PHOTO: Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach talks about the Kansas voter ID law that he pushed to combat what he believes to be rampant voter fraud in the United States in his office in Topeka, Kansas, U.S., on May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Dave Kaup/File Photo

Kobach told CNN late on Thursday that as Kansas’s current secretary of state, he has no role in the counting or recounting of provisional ballots, and that all the work is done at the county level.

“So there’s really no point to it, but I said if my opponent wishes me to I’d be happy to. But it’s purely symbolic,” Kobach said. “I’ll be happy to recuse myself.”

In a letter to Kobach on Thursday, Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer wrote that some clerks were given wrong information about which ballots to count and requested that Kobach recuse himself from “rendering further advice in these matters.”

“I believe that the designation of the Attorney General as a neutral party to advise county election officials on these matters will help ensure the confidence of the voting public in the outcome of the primary election,” Colyer wrote.

Kobach leads Colyer in the Republican primary by a razor-thin margin of 126,257 to 126,066, with potentially thousands more…

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