In House District 137, there will be a runoff between Stebin Horne and Allen Peake. Peake has a margin of about 15 points going into the runoff.
Rumor has it also that Burgess just might stay out of the race, but is being talked to about coming out for Peake. Horne was gambling that Burgess’s voters — and Burgess — all had him as their second choice. The problem for Horne is that even were he to get all of Burgess’s voters, he’d still not have enough to beat Peake.
There was a strategic miscalculation in the Horne camp. The Burgess camp was trying to position for a runoff with Horne. Horne should have done the same with both taking out Peake. But Horne, rumor has it, wanted to get in a race with Peake on the assumption that Burgess and Horne were fighting for the same group of people. Well, Horne gets his wish. He also has given Peake a news story given the phoney stickers on the front of the Telegraph, which has also probably given Washburn’s endorsement to Peake and probably pushed Burgess into Peake’s camp as well. Even were Washburn to go with Horne, there aren’t enough votes there.