Iowa gubernatorial election, 1998

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Iowa gubernatorial election, 1998
Iowa
1994 ←
November 3, 1998 → 2002

  Tom Vilsack, official USDA photo portrait.jpg Jimrlightfoot.jpg
Nominee Tom Vilsack Jim Ross Lightfoot
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 500,231 444,787
Percentage 52.30% 46.51%

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County Results

Governor before election

Terry E. Branstad
Republican

Elected Governor

Tom Vilsack
Democratic

The Iowa gubernatorial election of 1998 took place on November 5, 1998. Incumbent Republican Governor of Iowa Terry Branstad did not seek re-election to a fifth term, therefore creating an open seat.

To replace him, State Senator Tom Vilsack narrowly won the nomination of the Democratic Party while former United States Congressman Jim Ross Lightfoot, who was previously the Republican nominee for the United States Senate in 1996, won his party's nomination. Lightfoot was the odds-on favorite to succeed Branstad and polling consistently showed him in the lead.[1] However, Vilsack narrowly won the general election and became the first Democrat to serve as governor of Iowa in 30 years and only the fifth Democrat to hold the office in the 20th century.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tom Vilsack 59,130 51.20%
Democratic Mark McCormick 55,950 48.45%
Democratic Write-ins 410 0.36%
Totals 115,490 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Ross Lightfoot 113,499 69.89%
Republican David A. Oman 35,402 21.80%
Republican Paul Pate 13,299 8.19%
Republican Write-ins 193 0.12%
Totals 162,393 100.00%

Reform Party primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Jim Hennager
  • Edward Moses
  • Jeffrey L. Hughes, Sr.

Results[edit]

Reform Party primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Reform Jim Hennager 131 35.60%
Reform Edward Moses 99 26.90%
Reform Jeffrey L. Hughes, Sr. 99 26.90%
Reform Write-ins 39 10.60%
Totals 368 100.00%

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Iowa gubernatorial election, 1998[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Tom Vilsack 500,231 52.30% +10.74%
Republican Jim Ross Lightfoot 444,787 46.51% -10.29%
Reform Jim Hennager 5,606 0.59%
Natural Law Jim Schaefer 3,144 0.33% -0.05%
Independent Mark Kennis 2,006 0.21%
Write-ins 641 0.07%
Majority 55,444 5.80% -9.44%
Turnout 956,415
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

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