1998 Hawaii gubernatorial election

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1998 Hawaii gubernatorial election

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  President Arroyo with Hawaii Governor Benjamin Cayetano (cropped).jpg Linda Lingle navy 1-cropped.jpg
Nominee Ben Cayetano Linda Lingle
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Mazie Hirono Stan Koki
Popular vote 204,206 198,952
Percentage 50.1% 48.8%

Hawaii Governor Election Results by County, 1998.svg
County Results
Cayetano:      50–60%
Lingle:      40–50%      50–60%

Governor before election

Ben Cayetano
Democratic

Elected Governor

Ben Cayetano
Democratic

The 1998 Hawaii gubernatorial election was held on November 3, 1998. Incumbent Democratic Governor of Hawaii Ben Cayetano ran for re-election to a second and final term, and he was contested by Maui Mayor Linda Lingle. The race between Cayetano and Lingle was close, but ultimately, Cayetano narrowly won re-election to a second term.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ben Cayetano (inc.) 95,797 86.40
Democratic Jim Brewer 6,169 5.56
Democratic Richard C. S. Ho 3,024 2.73
Democratic Fred K. Tamura 2,740 2.47
Democratic Raymond N. Onaga 1,651 1.49
Democratic Miles F. Shiratori 1,499 1.35
Total votes 110,880 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Linda Lingle 109,061 69.22
Republican Frank F. Fasi 48,488 30.78
Total votes 157,549 100.00

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Hawaii gubernatorial election, 1998[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Ben Cayetano (inc.) 204,206 50.11% +13.53%
Republican Linda Lingle 198,952 48.82% +18.15%
Libertarian George Peabody 4,398 1.08%
Majority 5,254 1.29% -4.62%
Turnout 407,556
Democratic hold Swing

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