Who Are Some Conservative Judges in North Carolina?


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Some conservative judges in North Carolina include Mark Martin, Paul Newby, Robert Edmunds Jr. and Barbara Jackson, who make up a 4-3 Republican majority on the state's Supreme Court as of 2015. Fourth Circuit judge Allyson Kay Duncan of Raleigh was appointed by Republican President George W. Bush.

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North Carolina ballots identify judges by party affiliation, and the 2014 state Supreme Court election saw the Republicans' majority drop from 5-2 to 4-3. The state legislature changed the system in 2015 so that judges would face retention elections rather than contested elections, a move which Mother Jones opined was aimed at keeping that 4-3 majority in 2016. At the federal level, Duncan is the only Republican-appointed judge sitting on the fourth circuit as of 2015.

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