In a season of rough campaign attack ads, the one aimed at a North Carolina judge was among the roughest.
"Justice Robin Hudson sided with the predators," viewers were told. "Justice Robin Hudson — not tough on child molesters, not fair to victims."
Hudson, a Democrat on the North Carolina Supreme Court, was one of the state-level judges targeted this year by the Republican State Leadership Committee, which spent $4 million nationwide on an effort to tilt state courts in a conservative direction.
Though Republicans took control of the Senate and many governors mansions in the midterm election, the committee's courthouse campaigns fell short of...