by Mary Rupert
With only four days left until the Aug. 7 election, Gov. Jeff Colyer made a campaign tour stop in Kansas City, Kansas, on Saturday.
A recent poll reported in the Topeka Capital-Journal has placed Colyer at about a 32 percent tie with GOP challenger Kris Kobach only days before the election.
Colyer visited Splitlog Coffee at 548 Central Ave. about 8:30 a.m. Saturday and said that the polls he has seen have shown he is up by a few points over Kobach. A few days ago, Kobach said his polls showed Kobach was ahead about nine points.
“It’s very tight,” Gov. Colyer said. “This is the 99th county we’ve been in, in the last two weeks.”
He visited nine cities on Friday, and his running mate, Tracey Mann, visited 10 cities, he said.
Turnout has been “tremendous” at his events, he said. “At Lyons we had 80 people show up.”
Colyer is a conservative, and his leading challenger, Kobach, also is a conservative.
Colyer said he supports the president’s immigration efforts.
“Washington has to do its job, that’s the bottom line,” he said.
He said there are still some undecided voters, and a lot of them may be characterized as “Bob Dole Republicans,” who tend to be conservative.
“It’s about getting things done,” Gov. Colyer said. “We’re dealing with the budget issue, Standard and Poor’s increased our credit outlook for the first time in years, we put some more money into K-12 education, by stair-stepping over five years, we don’t need a tax increase and we’re going to be able to return some money in property taxes to people this year.”
Colyer supporters who showed up for the event included Colton Gibson and his family members, as well as Chiquita Coggs and Sharron Davis-Mays. People from Slap’s Barbecue across the street also came by to talk with the governor. About 20 persons attended the event.
In addition, State Rep. Pam Curtis, D-32nd Dist., said she was there to welcome the governor to her district.