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Six candidates are vying to replace retiring Supreme Court Judge Jim Jones. No matter which party voters select in partisan races, all voters may vote in the Supreme Court race.

Idaho Supreme Court, State of Idaho

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Candidate Votes Pct
Robyn Brody (N) 39,534 30.98%
Curt McKenzie (N) 34,068 26.70%
Clive J. Strong (N) 27,123 21.26%
Sergio A. Gutierrez (N) 26,882 21.07%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.


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Four Supreme Court candidates to debate this week

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Gutierrez runs for justice on court-access platform

When newly appointed Idaho Judge Sergio Gutierrez traveled from Canyon County to Weiser for his first first-degree murder trial in 1993, he was surprised by what he found there. The court interpreter assigned to the Spanish-speaking defendant wasn’t translating accurately. “And of course, I know Spanish,” Gutierrez said – it was his first language.


Idaho Supreme Court candidate taps former disgraced lawmaker

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Strong lines up endorsements from all sides in bid for high court

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Strong lines up endorsements from all sides in bid for Idaho high court

Clive Strong has amassed endorsements from an array of prominent Idahoans for his run for the Idaho Supreme Court, from former governors of both parties to industry, business and education leaders and elected officials. He’s even been endorsed by both sides in a long-running water fight that affects much of the southern part of the state, “despite their differences,” Strong said; he was the state’s lead attorney in the biggest legal case in Idaho history, the Snake River Water Rights Adjudication, and has argued numerous cases before the Idaho Supreme Court and two before the U.S. Supreme Court.


McKenzie taps former Sen. John McGee to help with his Supreme Court campaign

Idaho Supreme Court candidate Curt McKenzie has hired former state Sen. John McGee — who resigned several years ago following highly publicized scandals — to help with his campaign. McKenzie, a Republican senator, says McGee is a longtime friend and he is proud to have him part of the team. McGee…


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Brody wants to bring a different perspective to Idaho Supreme Court

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McKenzie hits GOP campaign circuit to seek Idaho high court seat

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