High stakes in N. Carolina court races with majority on line


              Supreme Court Associate Justice Sam Ervin IV, center, speaks with students following the North Carolina Supreme Court Candidate Forum at Duke University Law School in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)
            
              Republican state Supreme Court candidate Trey Allen, second right, speaks during the North Carolina Supreme Court Candidate Forum at Duke University Law School in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)
            
              North Carolina Supreme Court Candidates speak during a panel discussion at the North Carolina Supreme Court Candidate Forum at Duke University Law School in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)
            
              North Carolina Supreme Court Candidates speak during a panel discussion at the North Carolina Supreme Court Candidate Forum at Duke University Law School in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)
            
              Court of Appeals Judge Richard Dietz, left, answers a question, with Supreme Court Associate Justice Sam Ervin IV, right, at the North Carolina Supreme Court Candidate Forum at Duke University Law School in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)
            
              Supreme Court Associate Justice Sam Ervin IV answers a question at the North Carolina Supreme Court Candidate Forum at Duke University Law School in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)
            
              This image provided by the North Carolina Court of Appeals, show Judges Richard Dietz. The stakes in elections for a pair of North Carolina Supreme Court seats this fall are super-sized, as the outcomes could flip the court's partisan makeup during a period of polarization. Court of Appeals Judges Richard Dietz and Lucy Inman are looking to be elevated to the state’s highest court to succeed retiring Associate Justice Robin Hudson. Inman is a registered Democrat, while Dietz is a Republican. (North Carolina Court of Appeals via AP)
            
              This image provided by the Trey Allen Campaign shows Trey Allen, currently general counsel for the state court system, a Republican who is running for North Carolina Supreme Court and Associate Justice Sam Ervin IV, a Democrat. (David Williams/Trey Allen Campaign via AP)
            
              This combo of images provided by the North Carolina Court of Appeals, show Judges Richard Dietz and Lucy Inman. The stakes in elections for a pair of North Carolina Supreme Court seats this fall are super-sized, as the outcomes could flip the court's partisan makeup during a period of polarization. Court of Appeals Judges Richard Dietz and Lucy Inman are looking to be elevated to the state’s highest court to succeed retiring Associate Justice Robin Hudson. Inman is a registered Democrat, while Dietz is a Republican. (North Carolina Court of Appeals via AP)
            
              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, currently general counsel for the state court system. The pair are running against each other running for North Carolina Supreme Court. (North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, left; Trey Allen Campaign right, via AP, File)
            
              This image provided by the North Carolina Court of Appeals, show Judges Lucy Inman. The stakes in elections for a pair of North Carolina Supreme Court seats this fall are super-sized, as the outcomes could flip the court's partisan makeup during a period of polarization. Court of Appeals Judges Richard Dietz and Lucy Inman are looking to be elevated to the state’s highest court to succeed retiring Associate Justice Robin Hudson. Inman is a registered Democrat, while Dietz is a Republican. (North Carolina Court of Appeals via AP)
            
              Supreme Court Associate Justice Sam Ervin IV answers a question at the North Carolina Supreme Court Candidate Forum at Duke University Law School in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)
            
              Supreme Court Associate Justice Sam Ervin IV answers a question at the North Carolina Supreme Court Candidate Forum at Duke University Law School in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)
            
              Court of Appeals Judge Lucy Inman speaks during the North Carolina Supreme Court Candidate Forum at Duke University Law School in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)
            
              Republican state Supreme Court candidate Trey Allen speaks during the North Carolina Supreme Court Candidate Forum at Duke University Law School in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)
            
              Court of Appeals Judge Richard Dietz answers a question at the North Carolina Supreme Court Candidate Forum at Duke University Law School in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)
            
              Supreme Court Associate Justice Sam Ervin IV, center, answers a question at the North Carolina Supreme Court Candidate Forum at Duke University Law School in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)
            
              Republican state Supreme Court candidate Trey Allen, second right, speaks during the North Carolina Supreme Court Candidate Forum at Duke University Law School in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)