Despite an effort by the Republican State Leadership Committee to influence the Supreme Court races in North Carolina, the three candidates targeted by the organization emerged as victors. Democrats Cheri Beasley, Sam Ervin IV and Robin Hudson won their races for seats on the bench of the state’s highest court. Hudson, an incumbent targeted in a spring attack ad funded largely by the Republican State Leadership Committee, and Ervin each received more than 52 percent of the vote. Ervin, a N.C. Court of Appeals judge who ran an unsuccessful bid for a high court seat in 2012, collected more votes than Bob Hunter, a former colleague on the state appeals court.
Hunter, a 67-year-old Greensboro native, was appointed to the N.C. Supreme Court in September to fill an empty seat through December. Hudson won her race against Eric Levinson, a Superior Court judge in Mecklenburg County who had the endorsement of Republican organizations. Beasley, 48, a Democrat and state Supreme Court justice since 2012, received 50.07 percent of the vote with complete, but unofficial results.