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Hudson, MacDonald advance in Supreme Court race

Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Natalie Hudson has advanced to the November election after winning a primary.

Hudson was the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s nonpartisan primary for the state’s highest court. She faced attorney Craig Foss and failed 2014 Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald. The top two candidates move on to the general election.

Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Hudson to the bench last year after serving more than a decade on the state’s Court of Appeals. The state constitution requires appointees to face voters for re-election to a six-year term.

MacDonald lost a 2014 election to the court after a drunken driving arrest came to light. She had been endorsed by the Republican Party.

There were two primaries in the Third Judicial District and incumbents retained their seats.  For seat 17, incumbent Judge Terrence Walters received 58.21 percent of the vote, followed by David F. McLeod with 25.88 percent and Gerald Weinrich with 15.91 percent.  For seat 16. incumbent Judge Carmaine Sturino prevailed with 55.61 percent of the vote, followed by Timothy Guth with 25.49 percent and Daniel Moulton with 18.90 percent.

Minnesota Lawyer contributed reporting to this story.


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