Campaigning Judges: A Growth Industry

Each candidate has raised more than $1 million, appealed to voters through TV ads and benefited from campaigns by outside interest groups. Sound like your average congressional race? Maybe, but this one is actually the contest between two judges running for a seat on the Ohio Supreme Court.

While the attention of most voters is focused on the key races for the Senate and the House, campaigning for state and local judgeships has increasingly become part of the modern, big-money political world. Spending on Supreme Court campaigns in the 38 states where such judges are elected jumped 61% between 1998 and...

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