RALEIGH – While all the oxygen is sucked up by presidential election results limbo, it is easy to overlook a major Republican victory in statewide races that historically have a lower profile: judicial races.
Actually, in statewide judicial races for the high courts of the Old North State (N.C. Supreme Court, N.C. Court of Appeals) Republicans seem to have earned a massive victory.
After suffering under a 1-6 Democrat majority on the N.C. Supreme Court, a dynamic that gave Democrats’ ‘Sue til Blue’ tactics extra backing from progressive judges, Republicans won three seats on that bench. What’s more, one of those seats, albeit the closest race of all, is that of Chief Justice.
Democrat Cheri Beasley as Chief Justice is trailing current Republican Associate Justice Paul Newby, an originalist and solid jurist with a command of the Constitution(s) and America’s First Principles, in the contest for Chief Justice; Republican Phil Berger Jr, currently on the N.C. Court of Appeals, is beating Democrat Lucy Inman, set to step up to the higher bench; and, former Republican State Senator and Law Professor Tamara Barringer will join the Supreme Court after defeating Democrat Mark Davis.
So, now, that fat Democrat majority on the State’s highest court stands to slim down to a mere 4-3 majority.
But that’s not all; the five statewide races for N.C. Court of Appeals are all going the way of Republicans too. And none of those look close enough to change, regardless of outstanding votes.
Yes, while the presidency hangs in limbo, and Dan Forest came up short in the race for governor, conservatives can celebrate a major reclamation of Republican representation in the judiciary. That may prove to be vital going forward as the Left openly seeks to dismantle the principles outlined in the U.S. and N.C. Constitutions.
Follow the (painfully slow) certification of election results for these races here.