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2010 Minnesota Attorney General election

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2010 Minnesota Attorney General election

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Nominee Lori Swanson Chris Barden Bill Dahn
Party Democratic (DFL) Republican Independence
Popular vote 1,075,536 839,033 102,865
Percentage 52.90% 41.27% 5.06%

Minnesota Attorney General election, 2010 results by county.svg
County results
Swanson:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%
Barden:      40–50%      50–60%

Attorney General before election

Lori Swanson
Democratic (DFL)

Elected Attorney General

Lori Swanson
Democratic (DFL)

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

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

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

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

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]


  1. ^ a b c "Statewide Results for Attorney General". Minnesota Secretary of State. Archived from the original on September 16, 2013. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Minnesota election statistics 1950-2012 (PDF)". Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  3. ^ "Statewide Results for Attorney General". Minnesota Secretary of State. Archived from the original on September 16, 2013. Retrieved June 24, 2013.

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