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JP Election Brief: Nationwide statistics from the 2012 elections

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November 29, 2012

by: the State Court Staff

Election 2012: Nationwide statistics

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For our final JP Election Brief of the year, we're zooming out to look at the nation as a whole regarding the 2012 judicial elections. We hope you find the following statistics interesting!

For more information, check out:
JP Election Brief: 2012 State Supreme Court Results
JP Election Brief: Highlights of the 2012 judicial elections

Disclaimer: These statistics are based off of unofficial results in each of the 38 states that held judicial elections this year, with the exception of New York, which has yet to post results. As official results become available, we will update the information on Judgepedia. Thank you for your patience.


The 38 states that held judicial elections and/or retentions in 2012 were:

(P) Held partisan elections
(R) Held retention elections only
* Held all judicial elections during primaries prior to Nov. 6, 2012
** Results not yet available


Unopposed candidates: 1,974
Candidates facing opposition: 1,740
Judges facing retention: 668

Partisan elections

Democratic wins: 272
Republican wins: 425


Incumbents re-elected: 2,332
Non-incumbents elected: 467
Won re-election:2,332
Lost re-election:114
Won election:467
Lost election:801

See also