North Carolina Judicial Candidates Prepare for Upcoming Elections

All eight candidates for the state’s appellate courts qualified for public financing, with supreme court candidates receiving $240,100 each and court of appeals candidates receiving $164,400. At least two outside groups are raising and spending funds in support of the Republican supreme court candidate. In the past two election cycles, there has been a 25 percent dropoff for judicial elections, with one fourth of voters who cast ballots in the top-of-the-ticket races skipping judicial races. One candidate hopes to bring voters to the polls by airing ads during “Judge Judy.”