MSBA announces results of poll on contested Supreme Court judicial race

September 4, 2020

Contact: Nancy Mischel (, 612-278-6331)

Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Announces Results of Poll on Contested Supreme Court Judicial Race

Today the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) announced the results of its poll of members regarding the two candidates for the contested Minnesota Supreme Court judicial seat. 

The poll was conducted between August 19 and September 3, 2020.  A total of 6,848 MSBA members, many of whom practice in front of the appellate courts and are knowledgeable about the candidates, were included in the poll. The response rate was 29.5%. 

The purpose of the poll is to collect and make available to the electorate information which—in conjunction with voter guides, candidate questionnaires, news articles, etc., made available by the MSBA and other sources relative to contested judicial elections—the electorate may consider when deciding whom they wish to vote for in the general election. The online poll was voluntary and conducted in a neutral and unbiased manner. The result of the poll does not constitute an endorsement of any candidate by the MSBA. 


MSBA Poll Results

Supreme Court (contested race) Seat 4

Michelle MacDonald

  • 8.82% (178 votes);

Paul Thissen, Supreme Court Associate Justice since May of 2018

  • 91.18% (1840 votes) of the 2,018 total votes.


For more information on these candidates, visit