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3 Democratic Supreme Court justices launch TV ad

July 12th, 2014 11:00 am by Associated Press

3 Democratic Supreme Court justices launch TV ad

Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary Wade talks about challenges for the upcoming retention vote for supreme court justice in Chattanooga, Tenn., Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tim Barber)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The three Supreme Court justices facing retention elections next month have launched a television ad to stress their dedication to the federal and state constitutions.

The three Democrats in the ad boast of protecting gun rights and of upholding nearly 90 percent of death sentences that have come before them.

Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey has led an effort to defeat one or all of the sitting justices on the ballot in August. If just one of them loses, the high court would likely gain a GOP majority. The court will name the next attorney to an eight-year term after the election.

Meanwhile, a group called the Tennessee Forum is sending out a mail piece urging voters to "Drop the hammer on our liberal Supreme Court."

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