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Disputed primary pits low-key governor against flashy rival


August 12, 2018

In a deeply conservative state where some fellow Republicans built national reputations, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer is known mostly as a low-key policy wonk and once compared himself to the "Star Trek" character Mr. Spock.

The 58-year-old former surgeon is locked in a remarkably close GOP gubernatorial primary with Kris Kobach in a battle of contrasting political styles. Kobach, the controversial secretary of state, leads by just 206 votes out of more than 314,000 cast in last week's primary.

Colyer, who hails from suburban Kansas City, ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2002 before being elec...

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