Gov. Colyer calls on Kobach to recuse himself from providing election advice

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer is calling on Secretary of State Kris Kobach to stop advising county election officials while their tight Republican primary race remains unsettled.

Colyer sent Kobach a letter Thursday that accuses him of giving county election officials guidance that is "inconsistent with Kansas law" about handling mailed-in and other ballots.

Colyer said in the letter that Kobach should have Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a fellow Republican, provide advice to county election officials instead.

Kobach led Colyer by 91 votes out of 311,000 following their hotly-contested primary election Tuesday. Some absentee and other ballots remain to be counted.

Colyer released the letter after his campaign announced that it had set up a "voting integrity hotline" and his spokesman said it had fielded "countless" complaints about problems.

Kobach's spokeswoman was not available by phone and did not immediately respond to a text message seeking comment.

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