by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
There will be no retention election this year for N.C. Supreme Court Justice Bob Edmunds. The other members of the state’s highest court split, 3-3, on a lawsuit challenging the state law that created retention elections.
That means a three-judge panel’s ruling against the retention elections stands with no precedential value. It also means that voters heading to the polls for a June 7 congressional primary election will narrow the field for a November election involving Edmunds’ seat on the high court.
Edmunds and three challengers will appear on the ballot. The top two finishers in that June 7 election will square off in November.