PRIMARY RESULTS: Minnesota Supreme Court justice takes large lead in primary balloting

Minnesota State Supreme Court Justice Natalie Hudson led her two opponents on the Tuesday, Aug. 9, primary ballot with a commanding lead, 65 percent to 20 percent to her nearest opponent.

Some 94 percent of the state’s precincts reported totals by 11 p.m.

This contest appeared on all ballots in the state – in some communities, it was the only primary contest.

Hudson’s opponents — Michelle MacDonald and Craig Foss — were far behind in the voting, with 94 percent of the state’s polling places reporting. Hudson had 159,086 votes – or 65 percent. MacDonald had 49,877 votes, or 20 percent. Foss had 35,274 votes, or 14 percent.

Hudson will go on to the November ballot, with MacDonald being her challenger.

Hudson was appointed to the state’s highest court in 2015, to replace the retiring Alan Page. She is a graduate of Arizona State University, Tempe, and the University of Minnesota Law School. Prior to being appointed to the Supreme Court, she served as a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals for 13 years.

MacDonald is a private practice attorney, concentrating on family law, estate planning and probate. She served as a judge in small claims court in Hennepin County and also as an adjunct referee of the family court. She is a graduate of Boston College and earned her law degree from Suffolk University.

Craig Foss is an attorney with Legal Services of Northwestern Minnesota. He is a graduate of St. Olaf College and Hamline University School of Law.

Vote totals will be finalized in the next few days and certified within the next week.

The 2016 general election day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.