Victories By Orr, Brady Strengthen GOP's Hold On Supreme Court
Posted November 5, 2002 10:40 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — Republicans have strengthened their grip on the state Supreme Court in the last partisan election for North Carolina's appellate courts.
Republican incumbent Robert Orr beat Democrat Bob Hunter, and GOP challenger Edward Brady defeated incumbent G.K. Butterfield.
The wins gave Republicans a 6-1 majority on the state Supreme Court.
With 89 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial results showed Orr with 55 percent of the vote to 45 percent for Hunter.
Brady had 54 percent of the vote, compared to Butterfield's 46 percent, with 89 percent of precincts reporting.
Going into the election, Republicans had a 5-2 majority on the Supreme Court and Democrats a 12-3 majority on the Court of Appeals.
A law approved by the General Assembly this year will make future elections nonpartisan, meaning the candidates' party affiliation won't show up on the ballot.