The News and Observer reports on a surprise for the May primaries. State Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson - one of only two Democrats on the state's highest court - thought she was only going to have one challenger for her seat.
One of only two Democrats on the seven-member court, Hudson assumed she would be facing a general challenge in the fall from Mecklenburg County Superior Court Judge Eric Levinson, a Republican. But near the end of the filing period, a second opponent emerged, Jeanette Doran.
“She came out of nowhere,” Hudson said.
Doran is a former general counsel and executive director at the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law, a group backed by Art Pope, the state budget director and a leading funder of conservative groups and candidates. Doran was appointed to chair the board of review at the stat Division of Employment Security where she handles appeals of unemployment compensation claims.
State law requires that if there are more than two candidates, the field has to be whittled down to two in the May primaries. Of course, turnout for Repbublicans is expected to be higher for the primary elections, with the wide range of Tea Bagger candidates vying to go up against Kay Hagan.