- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The fate of the GOP gubernatorial race in Kansas between Gov. Jeff Colyer and Kris Kobach, the secretary of state, remained in limbo Wednesday as votes from the election continued to trickle in.

The latest tally showed Mr. Kobach held a slim 191 vote lead over Mr. Colyer, the former lieutenant governor who took over the governor’s office after Sam Brownback became the Ambassador of Religious Freedom.

The winner will advance to face state Sen. Laura Kelly after she cruised to victory in the Democratic primary.

President Trump endorsed Mr. Kobach, angering some establishment Republicans in Kansas who believed Mr. Colyer was the strongest general election candidate.

Mr. Kobach has built a national reputation for being tough on immigration.

He also served as vice chairman of the White House’s voter fraud commission that the president dissolved earlier this year after it mired in legal battles, handing the task to the Homeland Security Department.

The governor’s race in November also will likely feature Greg Orman, a businessman who submitted signatures to appear on the ballot as an independent. Mr. Orman ran for the U.S. Senate in 2014.

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