United States Senate election in Kentucky, 1998

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

  Jim Bunning official photo.jpg Baesler.jpg
Nominee Jim Bunning Scotty Baesler
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 569,817 563,051
Percentage 49.8% 49.2%

U.S. Senator before election

Wendell Ford
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Jim Bunning
Republican

The 1998 United States Senate election in Kentucky took place on November 3, 1998. It was concurrent with elections to the United States House of Representatives. Incumbent Democratic U.S Senator Wendell Ford decided to retire, instead of seeking a fifth term. Republican Representative Jim Bunning won the open seat.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic Primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Scotty Baesler 194,125 34.16%
Democratic Charlie Owen 166,472 29.29%
Democratic Steve Henry 156,576 27.55%
Democratic Jim Brown 19,975 3.51%
Democratic David L. Williams 16,366 2.88%
Democratic Ken Buchanan Thompson 14,778 2.60%
Totals 568,292 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Bunning 152,493 74.28%
Republican Barry Metcalf 52,798 25.72%
Totals 205,291 100.00%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

General election results[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jim Bunning 569,817 49.75% +13.94%
Democratic Scotty Baesler 563,051 49.16% -13.73%
Reform Charles R. Arbegust 12,546 1.10%
Majority 6,766 0.59% -26.48%
Total votes 1,145,414 100%
Republican gain from Democratic Swing

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