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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

 Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary Wade had a busy Friday in Chattanooga.

The state's top judge was here talking with mayors, judges, a police union representative and lawyers to broaden support for his and his fellow justices' retention in the Aug. 7 election.

What's been a fairly standard, low-key affair every eight years for the past quarter century is in danger of becoming a politicized campaign unlike what is intended in Tennessee, Wade said.

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, a Republican, has pushed to oust Wade and fellow justices Connie Clark and Sharon Lee, all appointed by Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen.

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