State Supreme Court wins shaped by abortion, redistricting

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — State Supreme Court elections around the country have become increasingly partisan and expensive. Republicans scored key court race victories in the battleground states of North Carolina and Ohio, where redistricting and other fights loom. But abortion rights groups helped Democrats defend seats in Illinois, Michigan and elsewhere after Roe v. Wade was overturned. Observers say the expensive and partisan campaigns are a sign of what’s to come for more of the formerly low-key judicial races.