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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Bentley says he's in the run-off, James to speak at 5 p.m.

Dr. Robert J. Bentley, a Republican candidate for governor, issued a statement Tuesday saying that he agreed with Attorney General Troy King's opinion that state law does not provide for an automatic recount in a Republican primary election.

King issued the opinion at the request of Secretary of State Beth Chapman who had recently issued guidelines on the counting of provisional ballots and the possibility of a recount in the Republican Primary and who would pay for it.

Bentley and fellow Republican candidate Tim James, are only separated by a couple hundred votes, with Bentley being the favored candidate at this time. One of the men will ultimately face Bradley Byrne. Bentley said in the statement that he is that man.

"Many hard-fought campaigns are close, but there can be only one winner," he said. "I won and am in the run-off."

Bentley said he looks forward to reaching out to James supporters and those of his other primary opponents to further their understanding of his vision for the state before the July 13 run-off election.

"The people of Alabama are hurting," he said. "The last thing they need is to be footing the bill for a process that will not change the outcome."

James will hold a 5 p.m. press conference at his campaign headquarters in Montgomery to discuss "moving forward" after provisional vote counting. James has said in recent days that he would ask for a recount.

-- posted by Markeshia Ricks

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