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JUSTICE UNOPPOSED – Donald Trump and Joe Biden may be duking it out for the White House, but plenty of judges across the nation are breezing onto the bench without facing any opposition. More than 500 judges in New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, and Georgia were automatically elected or won reelection this cycle because they faced no challengers on the ballot, Raychel Lean reports. Most of them were incumbents. For example, Florida had 235 circuit judgeships come up for election this cycle and 199 were elected without opposition. In Georgia, 131 out of 147 incumbent judges won reelection without facing any opponents. Experts say several factors play into the dearth of contested judicial races, including that most judges do a good job and that judicial elections largely function as a check on unethical jurists.
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