Board keeps Kobach in Kansas governor's race

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

The Latest on a legal challenge to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's right to appear as the GOP nominee for governor on the November ballot (all times local):

3:10 p.m.

An all-Republican state board has rejected a liberal activist's challenge to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach appearing on the November ballot as the GOP nominee for governor.

The State Objections Board concluded Monday that Davis Hammet of Topeka could not show that Kobach's narrow victory over Gov. Jeff Colyer in the Republican primary in August would be overturned because of issues Hammet raised. Hammet argued hundreds of legal ballots were not counted.

Kobach defeated Gov. Jeff Colyer by 343 votes out of more than 317,000 cast.

The board was Kobach's top deputy and representatives of the lieutenant governor and attorney general. Hammet called it a "ridiculous board" needing reform. He did not rule out filing a lawsuit.

Hammet leads the voting-rights group Loud Light and regularly criticizes Republicans.

5:53 a.m.

An all-Republican state board plans to review a liberal activist's challenge to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach being listed as the GOP nominee for governor on the November ballot.

The State Objections Board was meeting Monday afternoon to consider an objection from Davis Hammet of Topeka. He contends that hundreds of legal ballots were not counted in the August primary.

The board is Kobach, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Lt. Gov. Tracey Mann or their representatives. State law requires it to review election objections.

Kobach defeated Gov. Jeff Colyer by 343 votes out of more than 317,000 cast. Colyer supporters initially raised questions about whether legal votes weren't counted, but the governor conceded the race.

Hammet leads the voting-rights group Loud Light, which has criticized Republicans in the past.
 

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