Rather partisan judicial elections operate similarly to other types of partisan elections throughout american democracy and any negative aspects of campaign advertising at least from the standpoint of incumbents are concentrated in nonpartisan elections. Attacking judges is unquestionably a major contribution to the literature on state courts and campaign advertising melinda gann hall expertly connects research on judicial elections to social scientists broader concerns about how campaigning affects citizens and the electoral process in general. Attacking judges another dimension of campaign negativity in american politics state supreme court elections in contemporary democracy campaign advertising in state supreme court elections. Abstract recent trends in judicial elections including expensive rough and tumble campaigns characterized by televised attack advertising and politicized discourse are causing advocacy groups and legal scholars to condemn the practice of electing judges. It provides ample evidence that state supreme court elections are very similar to legislative and executive elections not just regarding attack advertising but also campaign spending challenger quality and other institutional factors
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