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McCrory calls on Republicans to back Justice Bob Edmunds in Tuesday’s primary

N.C. Supreme Court Justice Bob Edmunds is up for re-election in Tuesday’s primary.
N.C. Supreme Court Justice Bob Edmunds is up for re-election in Tuesday’s primary.

Republicans across North Carolina are getting a recorded phone call from Gov. Pat McCrory urging them to vote in Tuesday’s primary.

In a robocall sponsored by the N.C. Republican Party, McCrory voices support for N.C. Supreme Court Justice Bob Edmunds, who’s the only registered Republican in a four-candidate race for his seat.

“As a justice on the state Supreme Court, Bob Edmunds is tough, ethical and fair,” McCrory says in the call, noting that Edmunds is not listed as Republican on the nonpartisan ballot. “Turnout for Tuesday’s election will be extremely low, so we must unite and get to the polls this Tuesday to vote for Justice Bob Edmunds.”

The NCGOP also sent out mailers for Edmunds featuring McCrory’s endorsement.

Edmunds faces two registered Democrats and one unaffiliated candidate in the Supreme Court primary. For Republicans, it’s crucial that Edmunds finishes in the top two Tuesday so that a GOP-backed candidate will be in the general election. And in a low-turnout primary without party labels on the ballot, upsets are possible.

An email from the NCGOP to supporters Monday morning indicates the high stakes for the party.

“Without Justice Edmunds on the court, Republicans will lose the majority and North Carolina will have a liberal Supreme Court,” the email said. “Your vote in tomorrow’s primary is critical.”

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