RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - Republican incumbent Bob Edmunds retained his spot on the North Carolina Supreme Court Tuesday with a close win over Suzanne Reynolds.

Edmunds led 51-49 percent with tallying nearly complete when Reynolds conceded, The Associated Press reported. Edmunds' win means Republicans will keep a 4-3 majority on the court.

Edmunds will be serving his second eight-year term. Prior to serving as an associate justice, Edmunds was elected to the state Court of Appeals in 1998. He also worked as a U.S. attorney and a partner at Stern & Klepfer in Greensboro.

He's also a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Reynolds is a law professor at Wake Forest University.

Edmunds told a group of Republicans that he was the key to preventing a one-party government, given the Democratic stronghold in the state, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

Edmunds said he regrets the comment.

Edmunds was endorsed by all five living former chief justices -- Rhoda Billings, Jim Exum, Burley Mitchell, Henry Frye and Beverly Lake.

President Ronald Reagan appointed Edmunds to become a U.S. attorney in 1986, which he stayed until 1993. He's also made an unsuccessful run at becoming the state's attorney general.

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