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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 defeated an incumbent in the race for the third seat.

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.

Raleigh attorney Chris Dillon took 53 percent of the vote to defeat Judge Cressie Thigpen, with 97 percent of precincts reporting.

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, McGee, and Dillon are Republicans.

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

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