- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California judge targeted for recall for his handling of a sexual assault case in on his way to a new six-year term.

Barring an unlikely write-in candidacy, Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky will automatically be returned to office after the November election because he is running unopposed. His name won’t appear on the ballot.

Persky’s name didn’t appear on the primary election ballot Tuesday either because he is running unopposed.

An election official says a write-in candidate has until Aug. 17 to formally register for the general election.

Critics of Persky’s handling of the sexual assault case need to collect about 58,000 signatures to place his name on a recall ballot.

Court officials say Persky has received numerous death threats because of the case.

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