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Buying Time 2010: North Carolina

North Carolina 2010 judicial election advertisments.

Published: September 19, 2010

North Carolina elected judges in partisan elections through the 2000 election cycle, a year in which North Carolina’s supreme court campaign exceeded $1 million in spending for the first time.  The North Carolina legislature responded to the state’s 2000 judicial elections by passing the Judicial Campaign Reform Act in 2002; the law replaced partisan elections with non-partisan judicial elections, and implemented a program of public financing for appellate judges.  That public financing program has been a success, and has been embraced by incumbent judges and challengers across the partisan spectrum. 

This year, voters filled a single seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court.  Judges Robert Hunter and Barbara Jackson, who were both currently sitting on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, competed for the vacancy that was created when Justice Edward Thomas Brady declined to run for reelection.  Barbara Jackson beat Robert Hunter.

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October 21, 2010 – Outside the Beltline 3

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Bob Hunter will bring “fresh, outside thinking” to the Supreme Court.

October 21, 2010 – Outside the Beltline 2

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50% of North Carolina Supreme Court Justices are from Raleigh.

October 20, 2010 – Outside the Beltline

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Bob Hunter will bring “fresh, outside thinking” to the Supreme Court.

October 21, 2010– Bob Hunter for NC Supreme Court

Bob Hunter says fighting crime demands a sure hand.

October 12, 2010 – Record

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Judge Barbara Jackson is the conservative choice for the North Carolina Supreme Court.

October 20, 2010 – Out of Kilter 

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This ad by Bob Hunter says he can fight crime with a “sure hand.”

October 20, 2010 – Our of Kilter 2

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An ad by Bob Hunter saying the vast majority of law enforcement officers support him.