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Alabama: Republicans complaining about 'strict construction' of recount law

Republican Party Chairman Mike Hubbard called the opinion by Attorney General Troy King "ridiculous." Tim James, knocked out of the runoff by that opinion, said it was "absurd on its face."

It certainly is ridiculous to have a contest about who should be in a runoff after the runoff is over, but the fault lies in the way the Legislature wrote the law, not the way Troy King interpreted it. Ala. Code 17-13-78 begins, "Any elector of a party desiring to contest the nomination by his or her party of any candidate declared the nominee ...." At this point, is there a Republican nominee for governor? No. But James and Hubbard want a [sensitive readers will want to avert their eyes] liberal interpretation that would allow an election contest now -- before there is a "nominee."

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