OLATHE, Kan. — A recount in a Kansas state Senate race is showing the margin between the victor and runner-up tightening, but hasn’t yet changed the results of the Nov. 8 election.
Vicki Hiatt gained 29 votes from provisional ballots in her 10th District Senate race against incumbent Mary Pilcher-Cook. Hiatt still trails her rival, who also picked up some votes Monday, by more than 900 votes.
The recount in the district, which covers parts of Shawnee, Merriam, Overland Park and Lake Quivira, started Saturday morning.
By law, the recount has to be done within five calendar days, so election workers kept going through the weekend.
Hiatt asked for the recount after her narrow loss two weeks ago.
“We have identified where all the ballots are and we are beginning the tabulation process,” said Johnson County Election Director Ronnie Metsker.
The election results from Johnson County were late on the night of the election. Results weren’t released until the following day.
The county said there was an avalanche of mail-in ballots in the final days.
Democrats said they think the back-up may have affected the count. Metsker denies that, saying the results were late because officials were making sure the count was accurate.
The deadline to finish the recount is Wednesday at 5 p.m.