The N.C. trial lawyers political action committee is putting is money behind state Supreme Court candidate Judge Sam Ervin IV, a Democrat seeking to unseat incumbent Republican Justice Paul Newby.
The N.C. Advocates for Justice also endorsed two Democrats and a Republican for the state Court of Appeals. The PAC picked incumbent Judge Cressie Thigpen over Raleigh attorney Chris Dillon; incumbent Judge Linda McGee over Raleigh attorney David Robinson, and District Court Judge Marty McGee over incumbent Judge Wanda Bryant.
The state's highest judicial races are nonpartisan but Thigpen and Linda McGee are Democrats and Marty McGee is a Republican.
The N.C. Supreme Court race is far from nonpartisan. Newby received prominent stage time in the state Republican Party convention and has appeared at numerous GOP rallies with gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory calling it one of the most important races on the ballot. Ervin took the podium at the N.C. Democratic Party convention last month.