Courts & the Law, News

Election brings Democratic majority to N.C. Supreme Court with Mike Morgan win

morgan

North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Elect Mike Morgan

The North Carolina Supreme Court race is non-partisan, but Mike Morgan’s win in the election against incumbent Justice Bob Edmunds tipped the ideological balance to a Democratic majority.

Morgan won by 348,825 votes or 54.45 percent, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, effectively flipping the court from a 4-3 Republican majority to 4-3 Democratic control.

Edmunds, 67, had served two terms on the court, which is comprised of the Chief Justice and six associate justices, each of whom serve an eight-year term. Had he been elected to his third term, Edmunds would have had to retire before the term ended because of North Carolina law about age limits.

Morgan, 60, has been a Wake County Superior Court judge since 2005 and was a Wake County District Court judge for 10 years before that.

Edmunds’ and Morgan’s parties were not listed on the ballots, and Morgan won most counties, including ones with a Republican majority of voters. Meanwhile, the five Court of Appeals judicial races did list their political parties, and Republicans swept.

Issues expected to be addressed soon at the state Supreme Court include education, environment, redistricting, social and criminal justice.

Check Also

Report: NC receives failing grade in response to COVID-19 in jails

In a report released this month, the ACLU ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

As COVID-19 cases continue to reach new record highs in North Carolina, students at UNC system schoo [...]

Firebrand conservative academic opts for early retirement in light of latest controversies and provo [...]

While the North Carolina General Assembly tries again and again to reopen gyms and bars, there is an [...]

GenX study shows contamination in 80% of wells tested; mice studies show liver damage from Nafion By [...]

The post Bottom Lines Matter appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

…Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What have I [...]

It’s never safe to predict what the current leadership of the North Carolina General Assembly will d [...]

The post The Room Where It Happened appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]