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For this challenge to Texas’ system for financial contributions to, and solicitation by, its state judges for judicial elections (Plaintiffs claim the system presents an unconstitutional appearance of impropriety), we must address, inter alia, whether Plaintiffs have standing — whether, in order to bring this action in federal court, they allege a sufficient “injury” for this to be a “case” for purposes of Article III, � 2, of the United States Constitution (“The judicial Power shall extend [,inter alia,] to all Cases … arising under this Constitution, [and] the Laws of the United States….”). This action was dismissed pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) (“failure … to state a claim upon which relief can be granted”) and, in the alternative, as being non-justiciable because it presents a political question. We AFFIRM, but do so through another basis for non-justiciability, one described above and raised — but not addressed — in district court: the standing doctrine.

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Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. � 1983 and the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and seeking declaratory and injunctive relief, Plaintiffs challenge Texas’ judicial election system. They maintain the system — which allows large financial contributions to, and personal solicitation by, Texas state judges — creates an unconstitutional appearance of impropriety.

 
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