‘If you’re a Trump supporter…he’s a Trump 2.0 at the state level…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) After the last votes were counted in the Kansas Republican gubernatorial primary, Secretary of State Kris Kobach led incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer by 191 votes.
The results are not final, however, as the state still has to count absentee and provisional ballots, the Kansas City Star reported.
Kobach strongly sided with President Donald Trump during the Republican primary.
He promised to maintain an uncompromising opposition to illegal immigration into the general election.
“If you’re a Trump supporter, and I am, he’s a Trump 2.0 at the state level,” said Keen Umbehr, a Kobach supporter.
Trump endorsed Kobach in a tweet on Aug. 6, a day before voting began.
Kris Kobach, a strong and early supporter of mine, is running for Governor of the Great State of Kansas. He is a fantastic guy who loves his State and our Country – he will be a GREAT Governor and has my full & total Endorsement! Strong on Crime, Border & Military. VOTE TUESDAY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2018
Trump reportedly endorsed Kobach against his advisor’s advice, according to Time.
They warned that Trump would upset Colyer’s supporters and divide the party.
Colyer was the Lieutenant Governor of Kansas until January 2018, when he took over for Gov. Sam Brownback, who Trump appointed to be “United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.”
He also ran on a fiscally conservative platform, vowing to cut taxes and spending and balance the budget.
Johnson County was the final precinct to report results at 7:50 a.m. on Aug. 8. Colyer beat Kobach by 4,361 votes in the county, but still maintained his slight lead. The final tally was Kobach with 126,257 votes to Colyer’s 126,066.
Kobach served as vice chairman on the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which President Trump disbanded in January because of resistance from some states to providing voting data and lawsuits.
As a Trump advisor and as Secretary of State, he has advocated for voter-roll reform. He says millions of deceased individuals and many non-citizens are on states’ voter rolls.