James ends contest of Ala GOP primary for governor

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Tim James is withdrawing his contest of the Republican primary for governor and offering congratulations to the top two finishers, Bradley Byrne and Robert Bentley.

At a news conference Monday in Montgomery, James withheld any endorsement in the July 13 runoff between Byrne, who finished first, and Bentley, who edged ahead of James to finish second.

James, a Greenville business who has made two runs for governor, said he had made no decision about returning to politics one day in the future.

James said that paying for a statewide recount cost his campaign more than $215,000. He said the difficulties in figuring out the re-count process show the need for the legislature to revise Alabama's election laws.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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