Runoff pits well-funded candidate against ‘outsider’

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 13, 2010

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Tuesday’s Republican runoff for governor pits a well-financed candidate with a long list of powerhouse endorsements against a self-funded outsider who has picked up crucial support from two losing campaigns.

In a campaign stop Monday, Bradley Byrne said he has received endorsements from Alabama’s Republican governor, three congressmen and other key GOP officials because Robert Bentley has worked with the Democrat-run Alabama Education Association to get Democrats to vote in the Republican runoff.

Bentley said he’s recruiting Republicans, not Democrats, and Tuesday’s runoff will be decided by supporters of the third and fourth-place finishers in the primary, Tim James and Roy Moore.

Bentley is predicting he will get many of those votes.