AG says Byrne, Bentley in GOP runoff

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Attorney General Troy King says the names of Bradley Byrne and Robert Bentley should appear on the Republican runoff ballot for governor on July 13 no matter what a statewide recount shows.

King issued an advisory opinion Friday that said third-place finisher Tim James, who has asked for a recount, could use it to file an election contest with the Republican Party after a nominee has been picked in the Byrne-Bentley contest July 13. He said that if the party found James' contest valid, it could proceed with another runoff. The advisory opinion was requested by Secretary of State Beth Chapman to clarify the law because there has never been a recount in a primary for governor of Alabama.

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