There were 218 candidates who ran in the North Carolina judicial races in 2014. Incumbents in the race, of whom there were 123, had a 93-percent success rate.
For Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, Mark Martin ran against and defeated Ola M. Lewis. Cheri Beasley ran against Michael L Robinson, Eric Levinson ran against Robin Hudson and Robert N. Hunter Jr. ran against Sam Ervin for the three remaining Supreme Court seats. John Marsh Tyson defeated all eighteen of his fellow competitors in a special election for the seat of retired judge John C. Martin on the Court of Appeals.
The closest race of that election cycle was between Lindsey McKee Luther and Kent Harrell for the 5th Judicial District, which Luther won by just five votes. A recount was also called for the race between Cheri Beasley and Michael Robinson in the Supreme Court. Beasely confirmed her victory in the recount with 5,410 votes.
The incumbent who lost in the greatest landslide was Judge John Clark Reaves of the 12th Judicial District, who lost to April M Smith's 61.5 percent of the vote.
About half of the 218 candidates ran uncontested. Among them was Addie H. Rawls for the 11th District Trial Court, April C. Wood for the 22B District Trial Court and Donna Stroud for the Court of Appeals.