By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter
By almost all measures, the evening of Dec. 12 should have been a happy one for the David Burkette Campaign.
While the Montgomery City Councilman didn’t win his bid for the Senate District 26 seat, he had pulled off a surprising second-place finish and forced an even more surprising runoff with longtime state Rep. John Knight. Burkette had even managed to beat fellow councilman Fred Bell, who had the backing of the state’s Democratic Conference and was better funded.