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John Lamb, Published November 06 2012

Incumbents hold on to Minn. Supreme Court

FARGO – No sitting Minnesota Supreme Court Judge has lost his or her position in 66 years and that didn’t look to change Tuesday.

Incumbents were holding on to substantial leads in the three spots up for election. There are seven Minnesota Supreme Court justices.

Polls closed at 8 p.m. As of 10:45 p.m., 1,530 of the 4,102, or 37 percent of precincts had released ballot results.

Minnesota Supreme Court chief justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea appeared to hold off attorney Dan Griffith’s 60 percent to his 40 percent, or 485,792 votes to Griffith’s 325,462.

Skjerven Gildea was appointed an associate justice in 2006, and then appointed chief justice in 2010, both times by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

In the race for Minnesota Supreme Court associate justice No. 1, incumbent Barry Anderson led Dean Barkley with 58 percent of the vote to the challenger’s 41 percent, or 464,458 votes to 327,662.

Anderson was appointed to the bench in 2004 and re-elected in 2006.

Barkley was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 2002 to fill Paul Wellstone’s seat after the Minnesota senator died in a plane crash. Barkley ran for the senate seat again in 2008 and came in third behind Al Franken and Norm Coleman.

In the race for Minnesota Supreme Court associate justice No. 4, sitting judge David Stras led challenger Tim Tingelstad, 55 percent to 44 percent, or 429,329 votes to the challenger’s 344,190.

Stras was appointed to the court in 2010 when Skjerven Gildea became chief justice.

Tingelstad, a Detroit Lakes native, graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead and the University of North Dakota Law School. He is currently a magistrate for the 9th Judicial District.

Justices are elected to six-year terms. The chief justice receives a salary of $151,361 per year. Associate justices receive an annual salary of $137,601.

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Chief justice

60% Skjerven Gildea

40% Griffith

485,792 votes for Skjerven Gildea

325,462 votes for Griffith

Associate justice No. 1

58% Anderson

41% Barkley

464,458 votes for Anderson

327,662 votes for Barkley

Associate justice No. 4

55% Stras

44% Tingelstad

429,329 votes for Stras

344,190 votes for Tingelstad