2010 State Supreme Court elections
There are 338 state Supreme Court justices in the United States. The paths taken by each justice to a seat on a state Supreme Court vary significantly from state-to-state.
- Seven states choose their Supreme Court justices in partisan elections. This includes nine courts, since Texas has two courts of last resort, one for civil and one for criminal matters, and the members of both of these courts are chosen in partisan elections.
- Fifteen states chose justices in non-partisan elections.
- Of the states that use a commission-selection, political appointment method of judicial selection, most hold a retention election at some point for their justices.
- Some states always use gubernatorial appointment of judges to fill their Supreme Courts, but even in states that have other primary methods of choosing justices, the governor can play a key role when a vacancy occurs between elections.
- Two states use the legislative election of judges.
- See State Supreme Court elections for a map of the United States and each state's Supreme Court election method.
Transitions in 2010
- Twenty state Supreme Court seats were decided in contested elections.
- Twelve justices ran in uncontested elections.
- Five state Supreme Court seats were decided in primary elections.
- Thirty-two justices stook for retention in 2010.
|Idaho Supreme Court||Jim Jones||Jones was re-elected on May 25, 2010.|
|Kentucky Supreme Court||Daniel Venters||Daniel Venters|
|Minnesota Supreme Court||Christopher Dietzen||Christopher Dietzen|
|Mississippi Supreme Court||Jess Dickinson||Jess Dickinson|
|Missouri Supreme Court||Zel Fischer||Fischer was retained on November 2, 2010 receiving 66.4% of the vote.|
|Montana Supreme Court||Michael E. Wheat||Michael E. Wheat|
|Nevada Supreme Court||James Hardesty||James Hardesty|
|Nevada Supreme Court||Ron Parraguirre||Ron Parraguirre|
|Ohio Supreme Court||Paul Pfeifer||Paul Pfeifer |
|Oregon Supreme Court||Rives Kistler||Kistler was re-elected with 98.8% of the vote on May 18, 2010. |
|Washington Supreme Court||James Johnson||James Johnson|
|Washington Supreme Court||Barbara Madsen||Barbara Madsen|
State justices standing for retention
- ↑ Press-Register, "Alabama Supreme Court Place 1: Kelli Wise defeats Rhonda Chambers," November 2, 2010
- ↑ The Press-Register, "Supreme Court Place 2: Mike Bolin defeats Tom Edwards," November 2, 2010
- ↑ The Press-Register, "Supreme Court Place 3: Tom Parker defeats Mac Parsons," November 2, 2010
- ↑ Arkansas Democrat Gazette, "Supreme Court - Position 6"
- ↑ Georgia Secretary of State, Unofficial Results of the General Election Runoff
- ↑ Idaho Secretary of State, Unofficial 2010 Primary Election results
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Michigan Unofficial General Election Results: Supreme Court
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Minnesota Secretary of State, Judicial Races Live Unofficial Results
- ↑ KRTV.com, "Bakers tops Swandal for MT Supreme Court seat," November 3, 2010
- ↑ North Carolina Secretary of State, Unofficial Live Election Results
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 Ohio Secretary of State, Unofficial judicial election results
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Oregon Secretary of State, Judge of the Supreme Court, Unofficial Election Results
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 Texas Secretary of State, Live Unofficial Election Results
- ↑ Washington Supreme Court election results
- ↑ State of Alaska Division of Elections, November 2, 2010 General Election Candidate List
- ↑ Arizona Secretary of State, Unofficial General Election Results
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 17.2 California Secretary of State, Supreme Court - Statewide Results
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 18.2 Denver Post, "Colorado Supreme Court 2010 Election Results," November 3, 2010
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Florida Election Watch, Supreme Court Retention Results
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 20.2 My Fox Chicago, Election Results: Supreme Court
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 21.2 Iowa 2010 General Election Unofficial Results
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 The Kansan, "Kansas election briefs," November 3, 2010
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 23.2 The Wall Street Journal, Nebraska - Summary Vote Results
- ↑ 24.0 24.1 New Mexico Secretary of State, Candidate List
- ↑ North Dakota Secretary of State, Statewide Election Results
- ↑ Tennessean.com, "Tennessee Election Results