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Natalie Hudson wins Supreme Court election

Voters have returned Associate Justice Natalie Hudson to the Minnesota Supreme Court in her first election test since Gov. Mark Dayton appointed her last year to fill the seat of retiring Justice Alan Page.

Hudson defeated family law attorney Michelle MacDonald in Tuesday’s nonpartisan race. Her re-election leaves the state’s highest court with a majority of justices appointed by the Democratic governor. Dayton has named four of the seven justices. He chose Hudson, who is African-American, to replace Page, the first black justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Hudson previously served 14 years on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. She also spent two years as St. Paul city attorney.

In Minnesota, judicial appointments don’t require legislative confirmation. Judges must periodically stand for election, but few incumbents face serious challenges.

Percent Votes
Minnesota Supreme Court
Justice Natalie Hudson 58.79% 1,276,914
Michelle MacDonald 40.80% 886,149
Write-in 0.41% 8,989
Third District, Court 9
Judge Pamela A.W. King 56.53% 100,045
Scott K. Springer 43.22% 76,498
Write-In 0.25% 443
Third District, Court 13
Judge Jeffrey M. Kritzer 57.24% 98,458
Craig D. Monnier 42.47% 73,108
Write-In 0.29% 498
Third District, Court 16
Judge Carmaine Sturino 51.52% 90,504
Timothy Guth 48.21% 84,691
Write-In 0.27% 469
Third District, Court 17
Judge Terrence M. Walters 51.50% 90,780
David F. McLeod 48.23% 85,020
Write-In 0.26% 467
Third District, Court 21
Judge Kathy M. Wallace 62.25% 108,206
William L. French 37.49% 65,162
Write-In 0.26% 449
Fourth District, Court 37
Judge Carolina A. Lamas 68.92% 68.92% 294, 818
Luke Kyper Bellville 30.38% 129,970
Write-In .69 % 2,958 2,958
Fourth District, Court 45
Judge Paul R. Scoggin 64.48% 257,506
Chris Ritts 34.71% 138,628
Write-In 0.81% 3,216

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