A look at the race for Pa. Supreme Court

    Pledging to restore integrity on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court while shattering records for campaign spending, seven judges are competing for an unprecedented three open seats in the Nov. 3 election.

    Those candidates and six others eliminated in the May primary, raised $10.5 million and spent $8.3 million through Monday. The candidates stepped up their efforts in a battle increasingly dominated by TV attack ads, such as those aired by Pennsylvanians for Judicial Reform, an in-state political committee that supports Democrats, and the Washington-based Republican State Leadership Committee on the opposite side.

    Between Jan. 1 and Monday, Supreme Court candidates spent roughly $3.5 million to air ads on broadcast television in Pennsylvania, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of political advertising data from Kantar Media/CMAG, a media tracking firm.

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