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Campaign financing and party identification are generally considered to be the most important explanatory variables in determining judicial election outcomes, judicial primary elections make it possible to test the importance of other explanatory variables by controlling for party identification. The existence of both the Texas Supreme Court and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals also makes it possible to test the role of campaign financing. This article compares primary elections for these two courts of last resort by using logit analysis in an effort to explain election outcomes from 1988 until 2004. The hypothesis that differences in jurisdiction would also create systematic differences in the selection politics for these two courts was supported by the results of this study.

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