SAN DIEGO—Four incumbent San Diego Superior Court judges beat off challenges from a group of Christian lawyers trying to unseat them in Tuesday's primary election.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting Wednesday, incumbent judges Lantz Lewis, Joel Wohlfeil, Robert Longstreth and DeAnn Salcido were leading by a nearly two-to-one margin.
Vowing to be God's ambassadors on the bench, conservative attorneys Craig Candelore, Larry "Jake" Kincaid, Bill Trask and Harold J. Coleman Jr. ran on the "Better Courts Now" ticket. They were backed by pastors, gun enthusiasts, and opponents of abortion and same-sex marriages. Critics of the ticket say the campaign is aimed at packing the courts with judges who adhere to the religious right's moral agenda and threatens both the impartiality of the court system and the separation of church and state.
The race to fill the seat of a retiring judge in Superior Court Office 20 will be decided by a runoff in November between the two top vote getters, Richard Monroe and Jim Miller.