A key judge’s race has gone to an incumbent despite hundreds of thousands of dollars being spent in support of her challenger.

Republican Brian Stumpe challenged incumbent Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce.

Republican Brian Stumpe challenged incumbent Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce.

Democrat Pat Joyce has held off Republican Brian Stumpe by 6-percent of the vote in the race for Cole County Circuit Judge. Joyce is the only Democrat on the bench in a circuit in which the constitutionality of state laws and the wording of ballot issues is challenged.

The race has fueled supporters of campaign finance reform in Missouri.

Joyce will sit on the bench in Cole County for another six years.