United States Senate election in Colorado, 1998

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United States Senate election in Colorado, 1998
Colorado
1992 ←
November 3, 1998 → 2004

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Nominee Ben Nighthorse Campbell Dottie Lamm
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 829,370 464,754
Percentage 62.5% 35.0%

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County results

U.S. Senator before election

Ben Nighthorse Campbell
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Ben Nighthorse Campbell
Republican

The 1998 United States Senate election in Colorado took place on November 3, 1998 alongside other elections to the United States Senate in other states as well as elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell won re-election to a second term.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Dottie Lamm, former First Lady of Colorado
  • Gil Romero

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dottie Lamm 84,929 57.98%
Democratic Gil Romero 61,548 42.02%
Totals 146,477 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ben Nighthorse Campbell (inc.) 154,702 70.62%
Republican Bill Eggert 64,347 29.38%
Totals 219,049 100.00%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Campaign[edit]

Campbell, who was elected in 1992 as a Democrat, switched parties after the 1994 Republican Revolution. He faced a primary challenger, but won with over 70% of the vote. In the general election, Democratic nominee Dottie Lamm criticized Campbell of flip flopping from being a moderate liberal to moderate conservative.[3][4] In fact, throughout the entire campaign, Lamm mostly sent out negative attack advertisements about Campbell.[5]

Results[edit]

General election[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Ben Nighthorse Campbell (inc.) 829,370 62.49% +19.78%
Democratic Dottie Lamm 464,754 35.02% -16.76%
Libertarian David S. Segal 14,024 1.06% +1.06%
Constitution Kevin Swanson 9,775 0.74%
Natural Law Jeffrey Peckham 4,101 0.31%
Independent John Heckman 3,230 0.24%
Independent Gary Swing 1,981 0.15%
Majority 364,616 27.47% +18.40%
Turnout 1,327,235
Republican hold Swing

References[edit]