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Kansas Senate: Democrat Hiatt asks for recount against Pilcher-Cook

Democratic candidate Vicki Hiatt is seeking a recount in her Kansas Senate race, which she lost to incumbent Republican Mary Pilcher-Cook.
Democratic candidate Vicki Hiatt is seeking a recount in her Kansas Senate race, which she lost to incumbent Republican Mary Pilcher-Cook. tljungblad@kcstar.com

Vicki Hiatt, a Democratic senate candidate in Johnson County who lost her legislative race last week, isn’t ready to stand by the local election results just yet.

On Friday, Hiatt asked the Johnson County Election office for a recount for her district’s senate seat, which includes parts of both Wyandotte and Johnson counties.

Thing is, she doesn’t expect the recount to win her an office in Topeka. Conservative incumbent Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook edged out Hiatt by 980 votes for a 51 to 49 percent victory.

“I doubt that will happen,” Hiatt said about the recount giving her the win. “I’ve already had some meetings with some of my constituents and people and my supporters and they feel pretty strongly about this, that we need to make sure it was done accurately. Fairness is the factor here.”

What Hiatt is taking issue with is how an election day snafu may have impacted results.

Members of both parties were confused on election night when results from the state’s largest county were slow to come in. Candidates weren’t sure if they’d won or lost, and unofficial vote totals for the county weren’t posted online until around 1:30 p.m. the day after the election.

Johnson County election commissioner Ronnie Metsker told The Star issues with the scanning of mail-in ballots were the reason behind the lengthy delay. Local Democrats criticized that delay in a news release earlier this week.

Hiatt said Friday that she was waiting to learn how much the recount would cost before moving forward.

Hunter Woodall: 785-354-1388, @HunterMw

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