Campaign Against Justices 'Faces Tough Odds'

The campaign against three sitting Tennessee Supreme Court justices “has only gotten hotter as Election Day approaches,” but experts who have studied the data and politics of retention elections expect that “opponents will have a tough time unseating the three,” a story in the Chattanooga Times Free Press suggests. Research conducted by Larry Aspin of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, finds that as far back as the 1960s, judges in retention elections have a wide margin of success and opponents have to persuade 20 to 30 percent more voters to cast ballots against retention.