Democrats and Republicans poured millions of dollars into state Supreme Court races in North Carolina and Ohio,
seeing the seats as a key tool to advance political power on issues such as redistribution, abortion and voting laws.
On Friday, Republicans got their first major reward
when the newly elected conservative majority on North Carolina's top court agreed to reconsider an earlier ruling invalidating a Republican-backed redistricting map.
Legal and political experts say the move is a possible precursor to a decision giving the state's
Republican-controlled legislature the power to redraw the map to their advantage.
If Republicans are allowed to enforce more partisan congressional lines,
the result would only flip three or perhaps four Democratic seats in North Carolina, nearly doubling Republicans'
current narrow margin in the US House of Representatives in next year's elections. Will be enough to do.