GOP race for governor is ‘historically close’

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Back in 1930 cars had just surpassed the horse as the favored mode of transportation. It was also the last time a governor race was this close.

“This is the first time I think in history we’ve had a race this close that is such a high level for a statewide or federal race,” says Kelly Arnold, State Chairman for the GOP.

You have to go back nearly 90 years to find something similar.

While Kris Kobach and Jeff Colyer are in a near deadlock for the Republican primary, 1930 was also close.

In 1930 Harry Woodring won the Kansas race for governor by just 251 votes. That close race was in the general election. This time, it’s in the Republican primary.

“And it’s great theatre,” says Burdett Loomis, a political expert at the University of Kansas. “There will be contested ballots. There always are. Ballots will not be marked correctly or there’s some question, and if you get down to a handful of votes, those get significant.”

Arnold says it is not too early to talk about a recount, in a historically close race.

“The campaigns will be looking at two different processes. One, which is the legal aspect. What are the laws followed?” says Arnold. “And they are going to be looking at what the total results are going to be of the election. This is going to be such a close election that I would expect that we’re going to have a recount. And there’s a process to this. “

Arnold says the vote canvass will begin Monday. He also says the State GOP has a general trust in the process. But, with the campaigns, it will be trust and verify.

“If you have a recount,” says Arnold, “there will be representatives from both campaigns watching every step of this.”

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