Election 2022 State Supreme Courts

FILE - This combo of images provided the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, left, and the Trey Allen Campaign, shows Associate Justice Sam Ervin IV, left, a Democrat and Trey Allen, general counsel for the state court system. Allen defeated Ervin IV for his seat on Nov. 10, 2022.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Republicans have claimed key victories in state Supreme Court races that will give them an advantage in major redistricting fights, while Democrats notched similarly significant wins with help from groups focused on defending abortion access.

The expensive fights over court control in several states in Tuesday's election highlight just how partisan the formerly low-key judicial races have become. Observers say they're a sign of what to expect as legal battles over abortion, voting rights and other issues are being fought at the state level.

“Nothing about this election suggests to me that we’re going to see these races quiet down anytime soon," said Douglas Keith, counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University's law school, which tracks spending in judicial races.


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