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Colyer: "We have to get the first count before we think about a recount"

TOPEKA (CAPITOL BUREAU) - Governor Jeff Colyer remained confident Wednesday and said he's optimistic as votes continue to be counted. 

"We're hopeful, and to be honest, we're very optimistic that those votes will continue to come in on our side just as they did yesterday," Colyer said. 

Colyer spoke with reporters late in the afternoon and said he is trusting the election process. 

"All of these numbers always change overnight," Colyer said. "Let's let the process continue, let's let the process go on and do what it needs to do."

Colyer is trailing Secretary of State Kris Kobach by 191 votes, but the governor stresses there are still thousands of votes to be counted. 

"Provisional ballots and mail in ballots that are to be counted for the first time and so those number of ballots that are outstanding clearly can change the course of the outcome here," he said. 

Colyer said he isn't looking ahead to a recount yet. 

"We want to make sure that every vote, every legitimate vote, is counted. And that's what our expectation is over the next couple of weeks," he said. 

Colyer said it was important to support whoever wins the Republican nomination. 

"We're happy to work with Kris and Wink should they win the primary election. We would be happy to work with them. It is important that a Republican governor gets elected in November," Colyer said. 

Election officials say it take weeks until an official winner is declared. 


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