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Outside money doesn't beat NC Supreme Court judge

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Robin HudsonNorth Carolina Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson survived a primary in which outside conservative groups spent nearly $1 million trying to defeat her.

With 85 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday, Hudson was leading with 43 percent. She will be joined in the November race by Mecklenburg County Superior Court judge Eric Levinson, who received 36 percent. Conservative lawyer Jeanette Doran finished third with 21 percent.

The conservative group Justice For All NC spent about $700,000 on an ad against Hudson that said she was not tough on child molesters. The harsh tone of the ad rallied many in the legal community behind Hudson, who has been a justice for eight years.

After taking over the governor's office and the Legislature in 2012, conservatives are aiming at the North Carolina Supreme Court. The justices run in nonpartisan elections, but Republicans have a 5-4 advantage by voter registrations, with three of the four seats up for re-election this year belonging to Democrats.


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