2012 North Carolina judicial election

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One justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court and three judges of the North Carolina Court of Appeals were elected by North Carolina voters on November 6, 2012, concurrently with the elections for Governor and other offices. North Carolina judicial elections are non-partisan. Terms for seats on each court are eight years. In three of the four races, incumbents were re-elected to their seats, but incumbent Court of Appeals Judge Cressie Thigpen (who had never been elected but rather was appointed to fill a vacancy on the court) was defeated by Chris Dillon.[1]

Supreme Court[edit]

Associate Justice Paul Martin Newby ran for re-election. N.C. Court of Appeals Judge Sam J. Ervin IV challenged Newby in the general election.[2]


Poll source Date(s)
Margin of
Ervin IV
Public Policy Polling October 29–31, 2012 730 ± 3.6% 39% 35% 26%
Public Policy Polling October 12–14, 2012 1,084 ± 3.0% 32% 24% 44%
Public Policy Polling September 27–30, 2012 1,084 ± 3.0% 31% 23% 46%


Newby won his second eight-year term on the North Carolina Supreme Court by taking 51.9 percent of the vote and defeating Ervin. [3]

Justice at Stake estimated that total spending by Newby, Ervin, and outside groups in this contest surpassed $4.4 million, breaking North Carolina records for spending in judicial elections. One group, Americans for Prosperity, spent $250,000 in support of Newby, more than the group had ever spent on any judicial election.[4]

Court of Appeals (Bryant seat)[edit]

Judge Wanda G. Bryant was the incumbent and ran for re-election. She was challenged by District Court Judge Marty McGee.[5] Bryant won re-election with 56.5 percent of the vote.[6]

Court of Appeals (McGee seat)[edit]

Judge Linda McGee ran for re-election to a third full term.[7] She was challenged by attorney David S. Robinson.[8] McGee won re-election with 61.2 percent of the vote.[9]

Court of Appeals (Thigpen seat)[edit]

Judge Cressie Thigpen, who was appointed to fill the vacancy caused by former Judge Barbara Jackson's election to the Supreme Court, ran for a full term. He was challenged by attorney/bank executive Chris Dillon, who ran for a seat on the Court of Appeals in 2010.[10] Dillon defeated Thigpen and won the seat with 52.8 percent of the vote.[11]


  1. ^ Charlotte Observer Archived 2013-01-02 at Archive.today
  2. ^ "Morganton News Herald: Ervin announces N.C. Supreme Court candidacy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
  3. ^ State of North Carolina Nov. 6, 2012 General Election
  4. ^ ""The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2011-12" (Justice at Stake Campaign), chapter 1". Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2013-10-24.
  5. ^ Concord judge seeks Court of Appeals seat
  6. ^ State of North Carolina Nov. 6, 2012 General Election
  7. ^ News & Observer: Veteran appeals court judge running again
  8. ^ NC State Board of Elections: Candidate filing list Archived 2013-03-11 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ State of North Carolina Nov. 6, 2012 General Election
  10. ^ WRAL/Associated Press: NC voters choosing four appeals court judges
  11. ^ State of North Carolina Nov. 6, 2012 General Election

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