As expected, the two incumbent Supreme Court justices up for election -- Paul Anderson and Lorie Gildea -- easily sailed through the primary. Anderson, who got about 64 percent of the vote, will square off against the number two vote-getter, 9th District referee Tim Tingelstad, in the November election. Tinglestad got about 22 percent of the vote. The third candidate in that race, software engineer/ attorney Alan Lawrence Nelson, got about 14 percent of the vote.
Meanwhile, the race between two of the challengers who want to face Gildea in November is a real squeaker. Hennepin County District Court Judge Deborah Hedlund currently leads Minneapolis attorney Jill Clark by a razor-thin margin of about half a percent. (Both candidates have between 17 percent and 18 percent of the vote. At the time of this post, the counting for 95 percent of counties was reported as complete.) The fourth candidate in the race, Richard Gallo, finished with a little more than 11 percent of the vote.
In Hennepin County, family court referee David Piper (26 percent) and prosecutor/ former state Senator Jane Ranum (22.3 percent) emerged victorious in a field of six attorneys running for an open seat, earning themselves spots on the November ballot. (Prosecutor Liz Cutter made a valiant effort, missing out by only about 1 percent). In Ramsey County, prosecutor/ former state Representative Howard Orenstein (28.6 percent) and Children's Law Center of Minnesota Executive Director Gail Chang Bohr (20.4 percent) were the top two vote-getters in a field of eight for an open seat.