The national media coverage of the Illinois Supreme Court race between Democrat Gordon Maag and Republican Lloyd Karmeier is certain to be shallow and inept, as is demonstrated by this piece from the Associated Press via CNN.com: "Size of verdicts focus of Illinois race."
It's a long article, but it contains absolutely nothing about the candidates' backgrounds or their judicial records. Instead, it's all the usual stuff about "trial lawyers," "sharks in fancy suits," "judicial hellholes," and other such nonsense.
Why will Judge Maag win the election? One reason is because the NRA has endorsed him. That's a rare occurrence for the Democratic candidate in any election. Moreover, a Republican vote for Maag by an NRA member is like two votes, since it also takes away a vote that Karmeier was counting on. Just don't expect to read about it on CNN: its piece is silent on the interesting twist of Maag's NRA endorsement.