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Updated at 5:20 p.m.

The hiring of a new top administrator of North Carolina's court system is one of several significant personnel changes in a shake-up atop the state Judicial Branch since Chief Justice Paul Newby was sworn in this month.

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and Senior Associate Justice Paul Martin Newby
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North Carolina's final outstanding November election was resolved Friday when state officials certified results showing that Paul Newby received the most votes for Supreme Court chief justice.

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and Senior Associate Justice Paul Martin Newby
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North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley conceded on Saturday to Republican Paul Newby in their extremely close election after two rounds of recounts saw little change in the vote margin between them.

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and Senior Associate Justice Paul Martin Newby
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Republican Paul Newby's narrow lead over Democratic incumbent Cheri Beasley changed little overall as a statewide machine recount of North Carolina's very close race for Supreme Court chief justice was finally completed late Wednesday.

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and Senior Associate Justice Paul Martin Newby
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Like it or not, Cheri Beasley's tenure as Chief Justice will be defined in large part by her response to COVID-19.

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and Senior Associate Justice Paul Martin Newby
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Candidates in North Carolina's still-undecided races for Supreme Court chief justice and attorney general on Monday awaited final official results from several counties, two of which had to adjust previous tallies due to administrative errors.

Voters walk past campaign signs at the Graham Civic Center polling location in Graham, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.
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North Carolina Republicans are frustrated that national media outlets haven't called the state for President Donald Trump yet in last week's election.

Voters walk past campaign signs at the Graham Civic Center polling location in Graham, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.
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Updated at 8:15 p.m on 11/4/2020

Unlike some national races, the outcomes of most statewide races in North Carolina are more clear. Still, a few races are up in the air, with more than 100,000 absentee ballots left to count.

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Races for executive and legislative positions in North Carolina are in full swing — but what about the third branch of government? There are 190 judicial seats up for election this year, most notably three seats on the North Carolina Supreme Court. 

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has named Cheri Beasley as next Chief Justice of NC Supreme Court.
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North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley will be the court's next chief justice. Beasley will be the first African-American woman to lead the highest court in the state.

Catherine Brand: Supporters of state Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby have released an attack ad criticizing his opponent, Judge Sam Ervin. Jessica Jones reports it's the first attack ad of the campaign.

Jessica Jones: The Republican-leaning Superpac Justice for All N.C. is sponsoring the ad, which began airing today.

Ad: Can we trust Sam Ervin the fourth to be a fair judge?

Less than a decade ago, North Carolina instituted a public financing program for appellate judicial elections that was hailed as a nationwide model. But it’s being tested this year by the state Supreme Court race between incumbent Justice Paul Newby, and his challenger, Court of Appeals Judge Sam Ervin.

Supporters of incumbent Justice Paul Newby hope this 30-second television ad will help people remember Newby’s name when they vote.

Ad:" Paul Newby, he’s a tough old judge respected everywhere. Paul Newby- justice tough but fair."

Justice Paul Newby, the Republican incumbent running for the state Supreme Court, has released a new TV ad. He's running against Democratic Judge Sam Ervin.

North Carolinians should hear more ads from Newby and Ervin as election day nears. Newby's campaign has released a new one this week.

Campaign ad: "Meet Paul Newby, our Supreme Court Justice, Citizen Lawyer..."