2012 Elections: News, Analysis, Videos, and Breaking on the Presidential Election, Local Elections, and More

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Amador Leads in Judicial Race

By Gene Cubbison and Lauren Steussy
|  Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012  |  Updated 1:44 AM PDT
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An electoral race involving an East County lawyer rated as

An electoral race involving an East County lawyer rated as "lacking qualifications" is generating a lot of attention. NBC 7 reporter Gene Cubbison spoke to both sides about judicial candidate Jim Miller.

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One of the most controversial races in San Diego this year has been the one between an attorney and a prosecutor in the East County. 

With 91 percent of precincts reporting, Deputy District Attorney Robert Amador was defeating El Cajon-based business and family law attorney Jim Miller.

Amador had 59 percent of the vote as of 1:10 a.m.

Click here for live results in this race

Members of the local legal community gathered last month to call voters' attention to one candidate who they say lacks qualifications to be a Superior Court Judge in San Diego.

Miller, who earned the most votes in the primary, was given a “lacking qualifications” rating by the San Diego County Bar Association.

Amador supporters said they hoped to avoid a result similar to June's election of Gary Kreep.

The constitutional law attorney narrowly defeated 27-year veteran prosecutor Garland Peed in the June primary.

Kreep's victory attracted national scrutiny because he is a prominent advocate for the “birther movement” as our partners at VoiceofSanDiego.org reported.

Amador supporters say Kreep was elected because voters weren’t aware of his qualifications.

A candidate can be rated “Well Qualified,” “Qualified” or “Lacking Qualifications” by the non-partisan group of judges, attorneys and former members of the association.

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