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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

846
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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