North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson will face Eric Levinson in the general election race for her seat.
Partial results showed Hudson leading the crowd with 43 percent of votes compared to Levinson’s 37 percent and Jeanette Doran’s 21 percent. Judicial races are nonpartisan. Hudson could have been eliminated if her opponents secured the most votes.
Hudson and Levinson both said results represented the voters’ desire for strong leadership on the courts.
“I talked to the people of North Carolina about the importance of having thoughtful, capable members on the Supreme Court,” Levinson said. “I’m excited about the strong support [they showed] yesterday.”
Hudson added she hopes voters will take the same approach in November.
“I’m relieved and I’m pleased,” Hudson said. “This stage is over but it’s far from totally over. We’re going to continue to do what we’ve done… [and] hope the voters are paying more attention to the qualifications and background of the sitting justice and the challenger.”
Hudson was elected to the court in 2006 after serving on the North Carolina Court of Appeals for six years.
Levinson is currently a Mecklenburg County Superior Court judge. He ran unsuccessfully for the N.C. Supreme Court in 2006.