McGee, Bryant win NC appeals court seat; 3rd tight

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two of the three incumbent judges up for re-election on the North Carolina Court of Appeals won new terms on the bench, while a challenger is running close in the other race.

Partial unofficial results Tuesday night show Judge Linda McGee beating Raleigh lawyer David Robinson and Judge Wanda Bryant beating Cabarrus County District Court Judge Marty McGee.

Judge Cressie Thigpen and Raleigh attorney Chris Dillon were in a tight race.

The appellate court races are officially nonpartisan, but McGee, Bryant and Thigpen are registered Democrats and campaigned together under the “Keep Fair Judges” label. Robinson, Marty McGee and Dillon are Republicans.

Nine of the 15 Court of Appeals seats were held by Democrats going into Election Day.