It's been nine days since Alabama Republicans voted in the gubernatorial primary, a contest where former college chancellor Bradley Byrne finished first but failed to win a majority of the vote.
But the battle for second place was inconclusive, as state Rep. Robert Bentley and businessman Tim James virtually tied (Bentley led by 205 votes out of more than 492,000 cast). In the intervening time, about 1,700 provisional ballots were counted. Republican state chair Mike Hubbard says he should have the final tallies early this afternoon, after which, writes the Birmingham News' Chuck Dean, "the third-place finisher will have to decide whether to seek a recount."
James apparently has already made that decision. On his Web site, James says that "no matter who's up or down ... after provisional ballots are counted, there will be a recount."
I'll update this post when an announcement is made.
The runoff is July 13.