Kobach widens lead in Kansas GOP primary

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

The Latest on the counting of provisional ballots in the tight Republican primary for Kansas governor (all times local):

11:40 a.m.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has slightly widened his lead over Gov. Jeff Colyer in the state's Republican primary for governor.

The state's second largest county released its count of provisional ballots late Tuesday morning.

With the updated Sedgwick County numbers, Kobach now leads the sitting governor by just 298 votes out of more than 314,000 cast.

Kansas Primary Election Results

Kobach had a 206-vote lead on Monday, the first day of counting provision ballots.

The state's largest county, Johnson County, isn't expected to release updated numbers until late Tuesday afternoon.

Fourteen smaller counties also began canvassing votes Tuesday, a week after the primary election.

On Monday, more than two-thirds of the state's counties reviewed provisional ballots, which are given at the polls to voters when their eligibility is in question.

6 a.m.

Kansas county election officials are set to continue reviewing some 9,000 provisional ballots Tuesday as the two candidates in the state's tight GOP primary for governor dig in for a long battle.

On Monday, more than two-thirds of the state's counties reviewed provisional ballots, which are given at the polls to voters when their eligibility is in question.

How to handle such ballots emerged on the first day of canvassing as the most contentious issue in the razor-thin race for the Republican nomination for governor.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach led Gov. Jeff Colyer by about 200 votes when the vote counting stopped for the day Monday, with 43 counties left to report results in the coming days. Fourteen counties are to begin canvassing Tuesday.

Kansas GOP governor candidates dig in for long ballot fight

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