The announcement today that Bloomsbury Mayor Mark Peck has decided not to run in a special election convention for Marcia Karrow's Assembly seat is good news for John DiMaio. While it ought not to be assumed that the 54 Republican County Committee members from Hunterdon County who voted for Michael Doherty would have been Peck's votes, the conventional wisdom is that any Peck votes out of Hunterdon would have come at DiMaio's expense.
Karrow received 125 votes out of Hunterdon on Saturday – one more than Henry Kuhl received in his 2008 bid for re-election as Republican County Chairman. Kuhl's challenger in that race was Peck, who received 78 votes – 24 more than Doherty did among Hunterdon County Committee members.
Peck is a conservative who once worked for Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris Township). He was a leading supporter of Doherty's Senate bid against Karrow.
Pecks's withdrawal leaves two Hunterdon County Freeholders, Matthew Holt and Erik Peterson, in the race with DiMaio.