U.S. District Court in West Virginia Likely to Invalidate Extra Public Funding for Certain Judicial Candidates

According to this story, a U.S. District Court Judge on August 1 seemed to indicate that West Virginia’s extra public funding for judicial races (for candidates who have well-funded privately-funded opponents) is likely unconstitutional. This type of public funding was invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court last year. West Virginia had argued that the U.S. Supreme Court precedent should not apply to judicial elections, but that argument seems unlikely to persuade the judge. However, there is no formal ruling yet.

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