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The 2012 Judicial Elections page is your destination for information on judicial elections in 2012. On this page, you can find links to every state's 2012 elections page on Judgepedia, archives of our JP Election Brief weekly, state Supreme Court races, and general information on judicial elections in the states.

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2012 election pages

Alabama

Alabama judicial elections, 2012 - Circuit Courts
Alabama judicial elections, 2012 - Races by County

Alaska

Arizona

Arizona judicial elections, 2012 - Superior Courts

Arkansas

Arkansas judicial elections, 2012 - Circuit Courts

California

California judicial elections, 2012 - Superior Courts (A-P)
California judicial elections, 2012 - Superior Courts (R-Y)

Colorado

Florida

Florida judicial elections, 2012 - Circuit Court
Florida judicial elections, 2012 - County Court

Georgia

Georgia judicial elections, 2012 - Superior Courts

Idaho

Illinois

Illinois judicial elections, 2012 - Circuit Courts

Indiana

Indiana judicial elections, 2012 - Circuit Courts
Indiana judicial elections, 2012 - Superior Courts

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Louisiana judicial elections, 2012 - March 24th election

Maryland

Michigan

Michigan judicial elections, 2012 - Circuit Courts
Michigan judicial elections, 2012 - District Courts
Michigan judicial elections, 2012 - Probate Courts

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

Nevada judicial elections, 2012 - Justice Courts

New Mexico

New York

New York judicial elections, 2012 - County Courts
New York judicial elections, 2012 - Town and Village Courts

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Ohio judicial elections, 2012 - Courts of Common Pleas

Oklahoma

Oregon

Oregon judicial elections, 2012 - Circuit Courts

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Texas judicial elections, 2012 - District Courts

Utah

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wisconsin judicial elections, 2012 - Circuit Courts

Wyoming

State align=center
Filing Deadline
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Primary
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General Election
Alabama (Major parties) - January 13[1][2] March 13[3] Nov. 6
Alaska July 29 (primary), October 7 (general)[4] none (only retention elections) Nov. 6
Arizona July 30 (primary), October 8 (general) August 28 Nov. 6
Arkansas March 1[5] May 22[6] Nov. 6
California March 9[7] June 5[8] Nov. 6
Colorado August 6[9] none (only retention elections) Nov. 6
Florida April 20[10] August 14 Nov. 6
Georgia May 25 July 31[11] none (primary election runoff on August 21)
Idaho March 9[12] May 15 Nov. 6
Illinois November 28, 2011 - December 5, 2011[13] March 20 Nov. 6
Indiana February 24[13] May 8 Nov. 6
Iowa August 17 (statewide offices), August 29 (county offices) none (only retention elections) Nov. 6
Kansas June 11 (partisan), August 6 (independent) August 7[14] Nov. 6
Kentucky January 31 May 22 Nov. 6
Louisiana December 9, 2011 (municipal), August 17, 2012 March 24 (municipal), Nov. 6 April 21 (municipal), December 1[15]
Maryland January 11[16] April 3 Nov. 6
Michigan March 26 (non-supreme court incumbents), May 1 (non-supreme court candidates), July 5 (supreme court incumbents)[17] August 7 Nov. 6
Minnesota June 5 August 14 Nov. 6
Mississippi May 11[18] June 5 Nov. 6
Missouri March 27[19] August 7 Nov. 6
Montana March 12 June 5 Nov. 6
Nebraska none (only retention elections) Nov. 6
Nevada January 13 June 12 Nov. 6
New Mexico February 14[13] June 5 Nov. 6
New York July 12[13][20] September 11[21] Nov. 6
North Carolina February 29[22] May 8 Nov. 6
North Dakota April 13[13][20] June 12 Nov. 6
Ohio December 7, 2011[23][13] March 6 Nov. 6
Oklahoma April 13[24] June 26 Nov. 6
Oregon March 6[25] May 15 Nov. 6
South Dakota March 27[26] June 5, (second election on June 19th, tentatively) Nov. 6
Tennessee April 5 August 2 Nov. 6
Texas December 12, 2011[27][28] May 29 Nov. 6
Utah March 16[29] none (only retention elections) Nov. 6
Washington May 18[30] August 7 Nov. 6
West Virginia January 28[31] May 8 Nov. 6
Wisconsin February 21 April 3[32]
Wyoming June 1[33] none (only retention elections) Nov. 6
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States in green with have retention elections in 2012, yellow states will have partisan/non-partisan elections.

Alabama

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
GraddickCharles Graddick    NoRepublicanChief Justice25.5% 
MaloneCharles Malone    YesRepublican24.5% 
JonesDebra H. Jones    NoRepublicanPlace 134.8% 
PoynterGinger Poynter    NoIndependentn/aWithdrawn%   DefeatedD
MurdockGlenn Murdock   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 398.16%   ApprovedA
LyonHarry Lyon    NoDemocraticChief Justicedisqualified%   DefeatedD
MainJames Allen Main   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 498.13%   ApprovedA
StuartLyn Stuart   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 298.13%   ApprovedA
MaddoxMelinda Lee Maddox    NoIndependentChief Justicen/a   DefeatedD
VanceRobert S. Vance    NoDemocraticChief Justice48.23%   DefeatedD
MooreRoy Moore   ApprovedANoRepublican49.9%ApprovedA51.76%   ApprovedA
BryanTommy Bryan   ApprovedANoRepublican65.1%ApprovedA98.07%   ApprovedA

Alaska

CandidateCourtRetention vote:Retention Vote %
WinfreeDaniel Winfree   ApprovedASupreme Court165,77764.93%ApprovedA

Arizona

JudgeIncumbencyRetention voteRetention Vote %
PelanderJohn Pelander   ApprovedAYes1,070,83873.94%ApprovedA

Arkansas

CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
HartJosephine Hart   ApprovedANo65.4%ApprovedA   ApprovedA
AbramsonRaymond Abramson    NoDistrict 1, Position 134.6% 

Colorado

CandidateIncumbentRetention vote:Retention Vote %
CoatsNathan Coats   ApprovedAYes1,399,32671.39%ApprovedA

Florida

JudgeIncumbencyRetention voteRetention Vote %
ParienteBarbara Pariente   ApprovedAYes4,934,29668.0%ApprovedA
LewisFred Lewis   ApprovedAYes4,899,66767.5%ApprovedA
QuincePeggy Quince   ApprovedAYes4,894,67767.7%ApprovedA

Georgia

CandidateIncumbencyPrimary VoteElection Vote
HunsteinCarol Hunstein   ApprovedAYes99%   ApprovedA
MeltonHarold Melton   ApprovedAYes99%   ApprovedA
ThompsonHugh Thompson   ApprovedAYes99%   ApprovedA

Illinois

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPredecessorPrimary VoteElection Vote
PucinskiAurelia Marie Pucinski    NoDemocraticVacancy of Thomas Fitzgerald21% 
RileyJames G. Riley    NoRepublicanVacancy of Thomas Fitzgerald25.3%   DefeatedD
CunninghamJoy Cunningham    NoDemocraticVacancy of Thomas Fitzgerald23% 
TheisMary Jane Theis   ApprovedAYesDemocraticVacancy of Thomas Fitzgerald48%ApprovedA74.7%   ApprovedA
GarmanRita Garman   ApprovedAYesRepublican   ApprovedA
FlanniganThomas W. Flannigan    NoDemocraticVacancy of Thomas Fitzgerald7% 

Indiana

JudgeIncumbencyRetention voteRetention Vote %
RuckerRobert Rucker   ApprovedAYes 71.4%ApprovedA
DavidSteven David   ApprovedAYes 68.9%ApprovedA

Iowa

CandidateIncumbentRetention vote:Retention Vote %
ZagerBruce B. Zager   ApprovedAYes 74.1%ApprovedA
WigginsDavid Wiggins   ApprovedAYes 54.5%ApprovedA
MansfieldEdward Mansfield   ApprovedAYes 74.3%ApprovedA
WatermanThomas Waterman   ApprovedAYes 74.8%ApprovedA

Kansas

JudgeIncumbencyDivisionRetention voteRetention Vote %
MoritzNancy Caplinger-Moritz   ApprovedAYes666,22870.9%ApprovedA

Kentucky

CandidateIncumbencyPrimary VoteElection Vote
StumboJanet Stumbo    No41.9%   DefeatedD
ScottWill Scott   ApprovedAYes58.1%   ApprovedA

Louisiana

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
HughesJefferson Hughes   ApprovedANoRepublican5th District21.2%ApprovedA52.8%   ApprovedA
SanfordJeffry L. Sanford    NoLibertarian5th District1.0% 
WelchJewel Welch    NoRepublican5th District11.1% 
GuidryJohn Guidry    NoDemocratic5th District27.5%ApprovedA47.2%   DefeatedD
WeimerJohn L. Weimer   ApprovedAYesDemocratic6th District   ApprovedA
PiersonMary Olive Pierson    NoDemocratic5th District14.8% 
KellyTim Kelley    NoRepublican5th District3.1% 
HigginbothamToni M. Higginbotham    NoRepublican5th District10.8% 
MorvantWilliam Morvant    NoRepublican5th District10.7% 

Michigan

Candidates competed for two seats.

CandidateIncumbencyPrimary VoteElection Vote
RoddisBob Roddis    No2.79%   DefeatedD
McCormackBridget Mary McCormack   ApprovedANo23.59%   ApprovedA
O'BrienColleen O'Brien    No21.42%   DefeatedD
KelleyConnie Marie Kelley    No21.61%   DefeatedD
DernDoug Dern    No3.38%   DefeatedD
MorganKerry L. Morgan    No4.07%   DefeatedD
MarkmanStephen Markman   ApprovedAYes23.1%   ApprovedA

Candidates competed for one seat.

CandidateIncumbencyPrimary VoteElection Vote
ZahraBrian Zahra   ApprovedAYes49.54%   ApprovedA
BarryMindy Barry    No8.73%   DefeatedD
JohnsonShelia Johnson    No41.72%   DefeatedD

Minnesota

CandidateIncumbencyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
GriffithDan Griffith    NoChief Justice29.4%ApprovedA39.59%   DefeatedD
ClarkJill Clark (Minnesota)    NoChief Justice21% 
GildeaLorie Gildea   ApprovedAYes49.7%ApprovedA60.0%   ApprovedA
CandidateIncumbencyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
AndersonBarry Anderson   ApprovedAYesPlace 158.94%   ApprovedA
BarkleyDean Barkley    NoPlace 140.65%   DefeatedD
CandidateIncumbencyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
NelsonAlan Nelson    NoPlace 421.7% 
StrasDavid Stras   ApprovedAYesPlace 448.8%ApprovedA55.95%   ApprovedA
TingelstadTim Tingelstad    NoPlace 429.4%ApprovedA43.62%   DefeatedD

Mississippi

CandidateIncumbencyOfficeElection Vote
BanksEarle Banks    NoDistrict 1, Position 145%   DefeatedD
ColemanJosiah Coleman   ApprovedANoDistrict 3, Position 358%   ApprovedA
KingLeslie King   ApprovedAYesDistrict 1, Position 2100%   ApprovedA
RandolphMike Randolph   ApprovedAYesDistrict 2, Position 377%   ApprovedA
PhillipsRichard T. Phillips    NoDistrict 3, Position 342%   DefeatedD
BraddockTalmadge Braddock    NoDistrict 2, Position 323%   DefeatedD
WallerWilliam Waller   ApprovedAYesDistrict 1, Position 155%   ApprovedA

Montana

CandidateIncumbencyDepartmentPrimary VoteElection Vote
MorrisBrian Morris   ApprovedAYes72.29%ApprovedA   ApprovedA
SheehyEd Sheehy    NoNumber 534.20%ApprovedA43.88%   DefeatedD
BestElizabeth Best    NoNumber 532% 
McKinnonLaurie McKinnon   ApprovedANoNumber 533.49%ApprovedA56.11%   ApprovedA

Nebraska

CandidateIncumbentRetention vote:Retention Vote %
StephanKenneth Stephan   ApprovedAYes 77.57%ApprovedA
McCormackMichael McCormack   ApprovedAYes 70.36%ApprovedA

Nevada

CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
CherryMichael Cherry   ApprovedAYesSeat C73.25%   ApprovedA
DouglasMichael Douglas   ApprovedAYesSeat F74.26%   ApprovedA
SaittaNancy Saitta   ApprovedAYesSeat G73.32%   ApprovedA

New Mexico

CandidateIncumbencyDivisionPrimary VoteElection Vote
VigilBarbara J. Vigil   ApprovedANo54.81%   ApprovedA
KennedyPaul J. Kennedy    No45.19%   DefeatedD
BossonRichard Bosson   ApprovedAYes75.31%   ApprovedA

North Carolina

CandidateIncumbencyOfficePrimary VoteElection Vote
NewbyPaul Martin Newby   ApprovedAYes51.90%   ApprovedA
ErvinSam Ervin    No48.10%   DefeatedD

North Dakota

CandidateIncumbencyOfficePrimary VoteElection Vote
CrothersDaniel Crothers   ApprovedAYes99.15%   ApprovedA

Ohio

CandidateIncumbencyPartyTermPrimary VoteElection Vote
RuckerFanon Rucker    NoDemocraticTerm commencing 1/2/201328.6% 
SkindellMike Skindell    NoDemocraticTerm commencing 1/1/201330.87%   DefeatedD
CuppRobert Cupp    YesRepublicanTerm commencing 1/2/201347.48%   DefeatedD
KennedySharon L. Kennedy   ApprovedANoRepublican57.02%   ApprovedA
O'DonnellTerrence O'Donnell   ApprovedAYesRepublicanTerm commencing 1/1/201369.12%   ApprovedA
O'NeillWilliam O'Neill   ApprovedANoDemocratic71.3%ApprovedA52.51%   ApprovedA
McGee BrownYvette McGee Brown    YesDemocratic42.97%   DefeatedD

Oklahoma

Supreme Court:

JudgeIncumbencyRetention voteRetention Vote %
CombDouglas L. Combs   ApprovedAYes783,95566.4%ApprovedA
EdmondsonJames Edmondson   ApprovedAYes792,21666.9%ApprovedA
GurichNoma D. Gurich   ApprovedAYes789,77766.5%ApprovedA
KaugerYvonne Kauger   ApprovedAYes775,01665.7%ApprovedA

Court of Criminal Appeals:

JudgeIncumbencyRetention voteRetention Vote %
Clancy SmithCarlene Clancy Smith   ApprovedAYes772,32865.8%ApprovedA

South Dakota

JudgeIncumbencyRetention voteRetention Vote %
SeversonGlen A. Severson   ApprovedAYes239,06780.20%ApprovedA

Texas

Supreme Court:

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
MedinaDavid Medina    YesRepublicanPlace 446.7% 
WillettDon Willett   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 257.7%ApprovedA78.8%   ApprovedA
ChisholmJim Chisholm    NoGreen1.3%   DefeatedD
PoolJoe Pool, Jr.    NoRepublican28% 
DevineJohn Devine   ApprovedANoRepublicanPlace 453.3%ApprovedA75.1%   ApprovedA
AshMark Ash    NoLibertarian3.0%   DefeatedD
PettyMichele Petty    NoDemocratic100%ApprovedA41.9%   DefeatedD
HechtNathan Hecht   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 1100%ApprovedA53.7%   ApprovedA
KoelschRobert Stuart Koelsch    NoLibertarianPlace 221.2%   DefeatedD
SmithSteve Smith    NoRepublican42.2% 
OxfordTom Oxford    NoLibertarian16.9%   DefeatedD

Court of Criminal Appeals:

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPlacePrimary VoteElection Vote
HerveyBarbara Hervey   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 7100%ApprovedA77.9%   ApprovedA
AlcalaElsa Alcala   ApprovedAYesRepublicanPlace 8100%ApprovedA78.1%   ApprovedA
HamptonKeith Hampton    NoDemocraticPresiding Judge100%ApprovedA41.2%   DefeatedD
StottLance Stott    NoLibertarianPresiding Judge3.3%   DefeatedD
BennettMark W. Bennett    NoLibertarian22.1%   DefeatedD
KellerSharon Keller   ApprovedAYesRepublican100%ApprovedA55.5%   ApprovedA
StrangeWilliam Bryan Strange    NoLibertarian21.9%   DefeatedD

Washington

CandidateIncumbencyOfficePrimary VoteElection Vote
HilyerBruce Hilyer    NoPosition 925.6% 
DanielsonBruce O. Danielson    NoPosition 843.1% 
McQuaidDouglas W. McQuaid    NoPosition 224.14% 
LadenburgJohn Ladenburg    NoPosition 915.31% 
SandersRichard Sanders    NoPosition 927.48%ApprovedA44.76%   DefeatedD
StafneScott Stafne    NoPosition 212.36% 
McCloudSheryl McCloud   ApprovedANoPosition 931.61%ApprovedA55.24%   ApprovedA
GonzalezSteven Gonzalez   ApprovedAYesPosition 856.9%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA
OwensSusan Owens   ApprovedAYesPosition 263.5%ApprovedA100%   ApprovedA

West Virginia

CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
LoughryAllen Loughry   ApprovedANoRepublican26.27%   ApprovedA
RogersH. John Rogers    NoDemocratic9% 
BeaneJ.D. Beane    NoDemocratic11% 
YoderJohn Yoder    NoRepublican23.92%   DefeatedD
ChafinLetitia Chafin    NoDemocratic27%ApprovedA22.69%   DefeatedD
PalmerLouis Palmer    NoDemocratic6% 
DavisRobin Jean Davis   ApprovedAYesDemocratic28%ApprovedA27.11%   ApprovedA

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