Election 2018

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A Democratic legislative leader's aide is challenging businessman Greg Orman's right to appear on the November ballot as an independent candidate for Kansas governor.

Attorney Will Lawrence filed a formal objection Monday. Lawrence is attorney and chief of staff for Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka.

The secretary of state's office said petitions submitted by Orman contained signatures from more than 7,000 registered voters when he needed 5,000 signatures.

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With the recount of last week’s votes for a Sedgwick County Commission race now complete, Commissioner Richard Ranzau remains the winner of the Republican primary for the 4th District.

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Kansas is one of the worst states in the country when it comes to handling its elections, according to a new report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kansas was ranked 48th out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on how it performed in the 2016 elections.

The main factor that pushed Kansas so low was the high number of provisional ballots — about 3 percent in 2016 compared to the national average of about 1 percent.

His last real prospects of winning the Republican nomination for the office he holds slipping away one county canvass after the next, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer conceded the primary race to Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Tuesday night.

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A Republican candidate for the Sedgwick County Commission is requesting a recount of last week’s primary votes.

Shortly after the Board of Canvassers certified election results Tuesday, Hugh Nicks turned in the paperwork to start recount proceedings in his race against Commissioner Richard Ranzau. The two faced each other in the Republican primary for the commission's 4th District seat.

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The Sedgwick County Board of Canvassers met Monday amid a heightened sense of scrutiny following last week’s primary election.

More than 1,300 provisional and disputed votes were accepted and will be added to the final vote results this week. About 900 ballots were tossed out for a number of reasons: In some cases voters didn’t sign their envelopes before mailing the ballot back in, or they weren’t registered in Sedgwick County.

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County election officials across Kansas on Monday will begin deciding which provisional ballots from last week's primary election will count toward the final official vote totals, with the possibility that they could create a new leader in the hotly contested Republican race for governor.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach led Gov. Jeff Colyer by a mere 110 votes out more than 313,000 cast as of Friday evening . That was after late mail-in ballots were added to totals from absentee voting and ballots cast at the polls Tuesday.

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When the head of the Kansas Republican Party had agreed to speak to the Wichita Pachyderm Club Friday about looking ahead to the general election, he wasn't expecting the party to still be lacking a candidate for Governor.

"And it doesn't look like we're going to have one anytime soon," said Jim Joice, the executive director for the Kansas Republican Party.

"But that's alright," Joice said. "That's not going to slow us down."

(This story has been updated to reflect new developments.)

On Wednesday, the contenders in the Republican race for governor pledged to back the ultimate winner and to make sure their photo-finish primary wouldn’t stall any general election campaign push.

Come Thursday, incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer made clear that he thought his opponent and state election overseer, Secretary of State Kris Kobach, was exactly the wrong guy to be certifying the results.

As of Thursday, the Republican primary for Kansas governor was a long way from being decided.

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