Stephen Wolf+ Your Authors @PoliticsWolf @DKElections staff writer covering voting rights, redistricting, maps, & poli sci. Get the free Voting Rights Roundup weekly newsletter: Oct. 08, 2018 1 min read + Your Authors

Spectacular backfire: NC GOP made this key NC Supreme Court race partisan & eliminated the primary in hope that multiple Dems would split the vote against GOP Justice Barbara Jackson. She's in 3rd in this poll, way behind Dem Anita Earls & Dem-to-GOP party switcher Chris Anglin.

If Earls & Dems win this race, they'll have a 5-2 majority that will be immune from the GOP's plan to gain a majority by packing the NC Supreme Court with 2 more members in December, as is allowed via existing law. I explained it in depth here: 

Why has the North Carolina GOP gone so crazy to win back control of the state Supreme Court? Because if Dems hold a solid majority, they could strike down the GOP's gerrymanders under the state constitution in a way that's insulated from federal review, just like Pennsylvania did

Amazing irony: The NC GOP would hold a 4-3 majority today if they hadn't passed *another* election-rigging scheme that backfired in 2016. They made all judicial races partisan except for Supreme Court, with the GOP listed 1st, but Dem was listed 1st for nonpartisan SC seat & won

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