TOPEKA — A Democratic legislator conceded Friday that she had lost her Kansas House seat by 21 votes and said she wouldn’t seek a recount in a race marked by a legal battle over provisional ballots.
Rep. Ann Mah of Topeka said her postelection efforts to overcome Republican challenger Ken Corbet’s small lead had been a “long shot,” and she wasn’t surprised that Corbet, also from Topeka, kept his slim lead. Shawnee County finished its review of the voting late Thursday night after officials in Douglas and Osage counties, which also contain part of her 54th House District, had already certified the results.
At one point amid the three counties’ review of provisional ballots, Corbet led the race by 44 votes, but the final tally showed Corbet with 5,394 votes to 5,373 for Mah, the incumbent. She said her chances for erasing the remaining gap are slim because most of the nearly 10,800 ballots are counted by machines.
“There’s not going to be a change in the outcome,” she said of a recount.
Mah has served in the House since 2005.