Minnesota Attorney General election, 2010

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Minnesota Attorney General election, 2010
2006 ←
November 2, 2010 → 2014

  Lori Swanson.JPG ChrisBarden.jpg
Nominee Lori Swanson Chris Barden Bill Dahn
Party DFL Republican Independence
Popular vote 1,075,536 839,033 102,865
Percentage 52.90% 41.27% 5.06%

Attorney General before election

Lori Swanson

Elected Attorney General

Lori Swanson

The 2010 Minnesota Attorney General election was held on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 to elect the Minnesota Attorney General for a four-year term. Primary elections were held on August 10, 2010. Incumbent Lori Swanson of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL) won reelection to a second term.


Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party[edit]

Incumbent Lori Swanson won endorsement at the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL) convention. She faced only token opposition in her party's primary from Leo F. Meyer, and easily won her party's nomination in the August 10 primary.[1]

Republican Party[edit]

Edina attorney and psychologist Chris Barden earned the endorsement of the Republican Party of Minnesota at its state convention. He was challenged in his party's primary by Sharon Anderson, a perennial candidate who won her party's endorsement for Attorney General in 1994. In the August 10 primary, Barden earned 54% of the vote to defeat Anderson and earn his party's nomination.[1]

Independence Party[edit]

Activist Bill Dahn, who has no formal legal education, was the only candidate seeking the office of Attorney General as a member of the Independence Party of Minnesota.[1]

Resource Party[edit]

Activist David J. Hoch ran in the election for the Resource Party.


Candidate Party Votes
#  %
Lori Swanson Democratic–Farmer–Labor 1,075,536 52.90
Chris Barden Republican 839,033 41.27
Bill Dahn Independence 102,865 5.06
David J. Hoch Resource Party 14,040 0.69
Write-in 1,613 0.08
Total 2,033,087 100.00
Valid votes 2,033,087 95.75
Blank votes 90,282 4.25
Turnout[2] 2,123,369 55.81
Eligible voters[2] 3,804,746

Source: Minnesota Secretary of State[3]


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