An Exploratory Analysis of Judicial Elections in Texas: Does Subject Matter Jurisdiction Matter?

  •  Billy Monroe    
  •  Nathan K. Mitchell    
  •  Lee Payne    


The existence of both the Texas Supreme Court and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals makes it possible to test several important hypotheses of elections held between 1988 and 2008 using a variety of statistical tools related to the impact that subject matter jurisdiction (civil versus criminal) has on the outcomes of an election. In this comparative analysis, this article shows that the factors that influence election outcomes for seats on one court are different than those factors that influence outcomes on the other. New information is learned about the importance of demographic variables, judicial or legislative experience, and performance in the state bar poll.

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