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Alabama: appellate court races have been costly

The Birmingham News reports: Alabama's national reputation as the most expensive place to run for state Supreme Court will grow, based on spending patterns in this year's primaries, judicial watchdog groups say.

The 11 candidates in the five Republican primary races for Alabama Supreme Court spent a combined $4.6 million through the end of May, state campaign finance disclosure forms show.

By contrast, the nine people vying to become Alabama's next governor spent $8 million total.

"That's a lot of money," said Jesse Rutledge, spokesman for Justice at Stake, a Washington-based group that tracks the campaign financing in judicial races. "I'm sure the spending really took off the last week of the campaign." -- Bids for state court carry high price tags

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