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Bar Association Releases Results of Poll on Supreme Court Races
Attorney members of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) selected as most likely to practice in front of the appellate courts and knowledgeable about the candidates were polled regarding contested Minnesota Supreme Court races. The survey was conducted by the MSBA, a voluntary statewide organization of attorneys and other legal professionals. The purpose of the poll is to collect and make available to the general electorate information, in conjunction with voter guides, candidate questionnaires, news articles, etc., made available by other sources relative to contested judicial elections, which the general electorate may consider when deciding whom they wish to vote for in November. The online poll was voluntary and conducted in a neutral, unbiased and confidential manner. The results of the poll do not constitute an endorsement of any candidate by the MSBA. The poll was conducted between August 20 and September 3, 2012. 1,874 MSBA members were invited to participate in the poll and just under a third responded. For more information on the Supreme Court candidates, visit www.mnjudges.org.
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Lorie Skjerven Gildea, Supreme Court justice since 2006 and Chief Justice since July of 2010, 92.96% (548 votes) of the 594 total votes; Dan Griffith, 7.74% (46 votes).
Barry Anderson, Supreme Court justice since 2004, 83.36% (496 votes) of the 595 total votes; Dean Barkley, 16.64% (99 votes).
David R. Stras, Supreme Court justice since 2010, 82.15% (474 votes) of the 577 total votes; Tim Tingelstad, 17.85% (103 votes).