It's all over in the Seventh District. Billy Long and Scott Eckersley will face each other in November, a classic duel between someone who is fed up and wants to take that attitude to Washington, and someone who has already laid his career on the line to fight wrongdoing in Gov. Matt Blunt's administration.
Billy Long will have another chance to battle a lawyer and Long's handler, Jeff Roe, will be able to revive the scurrilous tales Blunt Chief of Staff Ed Martin and others in the Blunt administration told about Eckersley. Eckersley, on the other hand, will likely be able to depict Long, the "outsider," as more business as usual, considering Long's campaign is being handled by seasoned pros, and not neophytes, and has used some of the same tactics that have enabled that culture to thrive.
With two counties left, Long has an insurmountable 7,000 lead over Jack Goodman, while Eckersley clinched the win against Tim Davis early in the evening.