Bentley still leading recount, one county left

Published 6:31 pm Friday, June 18, 2010

With one county left, it appears a statewide recount still shows Robert Bentley ahead of Tim James.

Bentley leads James by over 200 votes, with only 195 votes left to be counted in Greene County.

The recount got underway after the June 1 primary left James trailing Bentley by 167 votes. James paid an estimated $200,000 dollars to have the votes recounted in all 67 counties.

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Bentley sent a message to his supporters, declaring victory around 1 p.m. today.

“The Associated Press has just reported that we have remained victorious with the recount nearing completion,” Bentley said. “Our lead has widened to more than 250 votes, and we are heading full-speed into the run-off with momentum on our side.”

Bentley has scheduled a news conference for 5 p.m., where he is expected to announce his plans for the runoff, according to the Shelby County Reporter.

According to a press release from James, he will wait until after the Father’s Day weekend to address the media. A press conference is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday afternoon.

Contributions from the Associated Press.