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December 20, 2011

This article analyzes how campaign expenditures affect incumbents in state supreme court elections and concludes that electoral competition in such elections is influenced by the characteristics of the candidates, the state and electoral context, and institutional arrangements.

  • Judicial Election

    Judges are elected by popular vote.
  • Democratic Appointment

    Judges are appointed directly by a democratic body, or appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of some democratic body.