Election 2012: 3 Florida justices win retention bids

MIAMI (AP) — Three Florida Supreme Court justices have won a retention bid despite an unprecedented push by the Republican Party of Florida to oust them.

Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince each led about 67 percent to 33 percent Tuesday with nearly 90 percent of the precincts reporting.

The Republican Party's executive committee unanimously voted to oppose the justices.

The GOP had called them extremists. It marked the first time a Florida political party has taken a position in a retention race.

The justices' supporters include some prominent Republicans. They say the GOP is endangering judicial independence and that the three have done nothing that deserves removal.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott would have appointed replacements from candidates recommended by a nominating panel, also appointed by Scott.

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