The state House has approved a measure that would give Republican candidates a leg up in races for most judges’ seats in Buncombe County, but the Senate did not consider the idea during a two-day special session of the legislature.The bill passed the House on a 69-43 vote Thursday night that went almost entirely along party lines. Approval came after the House rejected a move by Rep. Susan Fisher, D-Buncombe, to prevent the division of Buncombe County into two judicial districts.District lines in the bill would make Republican candidates favorites for five of Buncombe’s nine judge’s seats despite the county’s generally Democratic leanings.

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Judicial districts for Buncombe County advances

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