United States Senate election in South Dakota, 1998

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

  Tom Daschle, official Senate photo.jpg
Nominee Tom Daschle Ron Schmidt
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 162,884 95,431
Percentage 62.1% 36.4%

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County results

U.S. Senator before election

Tom Daschle
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Tom Daschle
Democratic

The 1998 United States Senate election in South Dakota was held on November 2, 1998. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Tom Daschle won re-election to a third term.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Ron Schmidt, attorney
  • Alan Aker
  • John Sanders

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ron Schmidt 26,540 52.01%
Republican Alan Aker 19,200 37.62%
Republican John M. Sanders 5,292 10.37%
Totals 51,032 100.00%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Byron Dale (L)
  • Tom Daschle (D), incumbent U.S. Senator since 1987
  • Ron Schmidt (R), attorney

Results[edit]

General election results[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Tom Daschle (inc.) 162,884 62.14% -2.76%
Republican Ron Schmidt 95,431 36.41% +3.90%
Libertarian Byron Dale 3,796 1.45% +0.15%
Majority 67,453 25.73% -6.66%
Turnout 262,111
Democratic hold Swing

References[edit]