Colyer sees net gain of 20 votes in Douglas County, final canvass shows

photo by: Ashley Hocking

Election clerk Mary Moffitt organizes ballots at the Douglas County Courthouse on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.

An official canvass of primary election ballots in Douglas County on Thursday gave Gov. Jeff Colyer a net gain of 20 votes in the Republican gubernatorial primary, a small consolation after he conceded the race two days earlier.

Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said after the canvass that 66 provisional ballots were added to Colyer’s column while 46 were added for Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has already claimed victory in the race.

Douglas County was one of seven counties conducting canvasses on Thursday. As of 5 p.m., with results from most of those seven counties reported on the secretary of state’s website, including Wyandotte and Shawnee counties, Kobach led Colyer by 349 votes out of nearly 317,000 ballots counted.

That represents a net gain of four votes in Kobach’s favor since Colyer conceded the race Tuesday night.

Thursday’s canvass did not alter election night results in any of the other local races in Douglas County. Official results from Douglas County in those races include:

House District 42 – Republican (Douglas County only)

Jim Karleskint, 307, 53.77 percent

Lance Neelly, 264, 46.23 percent

House District 44 – Democratic

Dennis “Boog” Highberger, 2,910, 87.65 percent

Benjamin Ferlo, 410, 12.35 percent

House Disrict 45 – Democratic

Mike Amyx: 1,664, 56.25 percent

Aidan Loveland Koster, 649, 21.94 percent

Steven X. Davis, 645, 21.81 percent

House District 45 – Republican

Cynthia Smith, 1,404, 56.61 percent

Ronald Thacker, 1,076, 43.39 percent

County Commission, District 1 – Democratic

Patrick Kelly, 2,050, 52.97 percent

Leslie Soden, 1,298, 33.54 percent

John Magnuson, 522, 13.49 percent


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