Brief: KS Gov: Vote Narrows, Teen Spoilers, Recount Questions

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Did teen candidates change the outcome in the Kansas Governor race?

Tyler Ruzich, of Prairie Village, and Joseph Tutera Jr., of Overland Park, received a combined 3,758 votes after running under a quirky Kansas law that set no minimum age to run for the office.

Kobach: “It is certainly possible that the result of the race could change…But, that said, it is imperative that the Republican Party not stand still for a week. We must begin running the race that is before us.”

Colyer: “We were planning on soliciting today for the general election, and we’re continuing our plans.”

Update: Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s lead over Gov. Jeff Colyer in the Republican primary has shrunk to only 91 votes after election officials discovered a mistake in the listing for one county’s results in the state’s tally of votes.

The governor also would also have to file a bond with Kobach’s office to cover the cost of a recount, at a price set by Kobach. If a candidate wins following a recount, no action would be taken on the bond.

“Secretary Kobach should not decide that. That is a conflict, in my opinion. To that extent, the secretary is directly involved in the recount process. … He could set the bond so high that no one could afford that,” said Johnson, who was a member of the team that defeated Kobach in federal court earlier this year in a case that overturned a Kansas voting restriction.

Kobach told reporters that county officials would do the actual work and forward the results to his office.

“The secretary of state’s office merely serves as a coordinating entity, overseeing it all, but not actually counting the votes.”

The Brief is a daily roundup from St. Joe Post and around the web. The Associated Press contributed to this report.