Conservative Bob Edmunds retained his shot at keeping his seat on the NC Supreme Court bench, leading his nearest challenger, Mike Morgan, by some 50,000 votes and almost 14 percentage points. The two candidates, who will face off in the fall, together won every county in the state, ceding none to the other two challengers. Morgan was able to win 19 of the state’s 100 counties, with clusters in the mountains, the southeast coast and the eastern end of the Virginia border, as well as three Triangle-area counties of Orange, Durham and Chatham. Edmunds won Guilford County by 19 points, and Forsyth by about 14.5.

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