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Political Expert: 'I do think the longer it goes on, the more problematic it is for Republicans'

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) - As the ballot counting continues, both Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Governor Jeff Colyer say they're campaigning as if they were the Republican Party's nominee. 

"It is imperative the we begin running understanding this is a tentative victory," Kobach said a day after the election. 

On Wednesday, Governor Colyer sent out a fundraising email.

"We're working for the general election and so we started that process," he said. 

"I do think the longer it goes on, the more problematic it is for Republicans," said KU political science professor Burdett Loomis.

Loomis explained depending on how long this process drags out, not having a nominee could hurt Republicans in the general election, especially when it comes to fundraising.  

"Uncertainty feeds into fundraising, but if you can't resolve who the nominee is, it does stop a whole bunch of things like field organizing," said Loomis. "You can see the difference with Laura Kelly moving ahead right now, whether it's raising money, finishing up with the organization of her campaign."

The Kansas Democratic Party said it's unified behind its nominee State Sen. Laura Kelly and the dilemma Republicans face could play to their advantage in the general. 

"I do think having a clear-cut nominee who can go out there today and take her case to the voters. I think gives us an advantage and we're trying to capitalize on that momentum and make the most of it," said Ethan Corsan, the executive director of the Kansas Democratic Party. 

The Kansas Republican Party says it will support whoever the nominee turns out to be.

Election officials say they will update the poll results on Friday. 


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