High Spending, Attack Ads Dominate in NC Court Race

The lead up to primaries in North Carolina indicate the Supreme Court race in that state is “shaping up to be another high-spending contest with a TV ad blitz at the center of the action,” according to Justice at Stake (JAS). Public records show that one independent group, Justice for All North Carolina, still has $650,000 in its coffers after spending $540,000 on televisions ads in major markets. The ads target incumbent Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson, who is facing a primary challenge, and allege that she has not been tough on child molesters. Another report from JAS indicates that more than $1 million in total has already been spent in the race. The North Carolina Bar Association has responded with a statement condemning advertising and commentary that unfairly attacks candidates based on the performance of their duties as officers of the court.