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Baker wins Supreme Court justice seat


HELENA — Helena attorney Beth Baker defeated Livingston judge Nels Swandal on Tuesday to win an eight-year term on the Montana Supreme Court in a nonpartisan race that took an unexpected political turn.

Baker, who was an assistant attorney general for both Republican and Democratic administrations before entering private practice, campaigned on her nonpartisan background. She touted her endorsements from prominent leaders from both parties and said her experience would help her in building consensus on the court.

But she lamented that politics had entered the race as Swandal ran on his...

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