TOPEKA — State Senator Caryn Tyson drastically reduced her request for a recount of votes for the GOP nomination for state treasurer on Monday, targeting just six counties for a review of ballots by hand.
State Representative Steven Johnson led Tyson by 452 votes as of 5 p.m. Monday, with 102 of 105 counties having certified their results, the secretary of state’s office said. There were 836 provisional ballots left to review.
Jonson, of Assaria, said he hoped to know the final numbers on Monday evening and start working on the general election campaign.
“We’re going to start as soon as we can get through that step and make sure the candidate is clear,” Johnson said.
Tyson had requested a manual recount of ballots in 55 rural counties, which would have cost about $46,000. On Monday, she limited her request to a full recount in Cloud, Harvey, McPherson and Ottawa counties, as well as a manual recount of advances in Dickinson and Barton counties and the town of Great Bend.
The secretary of state’s office said Tyson had posted $2,570.54 bond and counties could begin their manual recount. Tyson did not immediately respond to a call Monday seeking comment on the state of the race.
Monday was the deadline for counties to solicit and certify the August 2 election results. Johnson, Sedgwick and Shawnee counties were among those polled on Monday, a process that includes reviewing provisional ballots. Johnson leads by a vote tally of 219,363 to 218,911.
On Saturday, the secretary of state’s office said 74 of 105 counties had certified election results by 5 p.m. Friday. At that time, Johnson led Tyson by 324 votes.
If Johnson’s lead holds, he will face Democratic State Treasurer Lynn Rogers in the general election. Governor Laura Kelly nominated Rogers, formerly her lieutenant governor, to fill the vacant position in January 2021.
“We’re going full steam ahead as the Democratic Party candidate,” Rogers said in a phone interview. “We are delighted to be able to talk to people and visit them. You wonder who I’m running against. I guess we’ll wait and see.