The unofficial count from Tuesday's primary shows James in third place, trailing second-place finisher Robert Bentley by 208 votes.
Bradley Byrne ran first and is in the runoff, which will be held July 13.
At a news conference Thursday in Montgomery, James urged everyone who cast a provisional ballot to get to their county board of registrars by Friday afternoon with proper identification to make sure their vote gets counted.
Many of the provisional ballots were cast by people who showed up at the polls without a proper ID, or had an ID that didn't reflect the address in voter registration records.
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