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Steven Johnson wins KS GOP treasurer primary, recount says

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GOP candidates for Kansas treasurer Steven Johnson, left, and Caryn Tyson.

State Rep. Steven Johnson is still the Republican nominee for Kansas treasurer, a six-county recount confirmed Friday.

Johnson, who still led in the count, finished with 475 votes ahead of State Sen. Caryn Tyson after all 105 counties certified their results on Tuesday.

But Tyson posted $2,500 bail for a full recount in four Kansas counties and a partial recount in two.

The counties – Barton, Cloud, Dickinson, Harvey, McPherson and Ottawa – completed the recount on Friday. By the end of the recount, Johnson had lost a net total of one vote and Tyson had also lost a net total of one vote, according to voting data from the office of Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab.

Barton, Ottawa and Cloud counties recorded no vote changes. McPherson County saw the biggest change, with the recount resulting in eight more votes for Johnson and three more votes for Tyson.

Johnson, a farmer from Assaria who was first elected to the Kansas House in 2010, will face incumbent Democratic Treasurer Lynn Rogers in November.

Democratic Governor Laura Kelly appointed Rogers, her lieutenant governor at the time, as treasurer after Republican Jake LaTurner was elected to the U.S. House in 2020. Rogers’ tenure as treasurer officially ended started in January 2021.

In a statement, JR Claeys, campaign consultant for Johnson, noted that Johnson continued to raise funds as the recount continued.

“Steven Johnson was the winner on election night and we didn’t see that change of heart throughout the process of counting every legally cast ballot,” Claeys said. “Republicans are uniting behind the winners of some tough primaries that will translate into Republican victories in the fall.”

Tyson’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A recount of Kansas’ abortion amendment will conclude on Saturday when Sedgwick and Johnson counties, the state’s two largest, are held request meetings to approve the results of their recount.

The abortion recount is all but guaranteed to fail by changing the landslide victory for abortion rights after 59% of voters passed the amendment that would have removed abortion rights under the state constitution.

This story was originally published August 19, 2022 4:39 p.m.

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Katie Bernard covers the Kansas Legislature and state government for the Kansas City Star. She joined the Star as a breaking news reporter in May 2019 before joining the political team in December 2020. Katie studied journalism and political science at the University of Kansas.