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Kansas governor concedes, says he will endorse GOP nominee

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2018, file photo, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer, left, alongside Lt. Gov. Tracey Mann, addresses the media at the Kansas Statehouse i...
FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2018, file photo, Secretary of State Kris Kobach speaks to the media during a news conference at the Topeka Capitol Plaza hotel...

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2018, file photo, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer, left, alongside Lt. Gov. Tracey Mann, addresses the media at the Kansas Statehouse i...

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2018, file photo, Secretary of State Kris Kobach speaks to the media during a news conference at the Topeka Capitol Plaza hotel...

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says he will endorse Republican nominee for governor Kris Kobach after conceding in the state's GOP primary.

Colyer accepted defeat in a surprise announcement Tuesday evening. It came a week after a neck-and-neck primary finish between him and Kobach — the current secretary of state — threatened to send the race to a recount.

A review of some provisional ballots from most Kansas counties failed to find enough votes for Colyer, who was trying to avoid becoming the first Kansas governor to lose a primary since 1956.

Kobach, who was endorsed by President Donald Trump, has been a lightning rod for controversy. He will face Democrat Laura Kelly, and is likely to face independent candidate Greg Orman, in the November general election in the decidedly conservative state.


Updated : 2021-06-21 22:34 GMT+08:00