1998 Michigan gubernatorial election

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1998 Michigan gubernatorial election

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Nominee John Engler Geoffrey Fieger
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Dick Posthumus Jim Agee
Popular vote 1,883,005 1,143,574
Percentage 62.2% 37.8%

Michigan Gubernatorial Election Results by County, 1998.svg
Election results by county
Engler:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Fieger:      50–60%

Governor before election

John Engler
Republican

Elected Governor

John Engler
Republican

The 1998 Michigan gubernatorial election was held on November 3, 1998, to elect the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the state of Michigan. Incumbent Governor John Engler, a member of the Republican Party, was re-elected over Democratic Party nominee Geoffrey Fieger, a lawyer who had represented the assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian.[1]

Republican Primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Gary Artinian
  • John Engler, incumbent governor

Engler, a two-term incumbent, faced token opposition in the Republican primary, winning re-nomination with 90 percent of the vote. Following Lt. Gov. Connie Binsfeld's decision to not seek a third term, State Senate Majority Leader Dick Posthumus received the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor.[2]

Results[edit]

Michigan gubernatorial Republican primary, 1998[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Engler 477,628 89.6
Republican Gary Artinian 55,453 10.4

Democratic Primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Geoffrey Fieger, Attorney
  • Larry Owen, former Mayor of East Lansing
  • Doug Ross

Early in the race, Owen was considered the front runner.[4] But due to Fieger's notoriety and personal wealth, he surpassed his opponents. He ended spending almost $6 million of his own money in the race.[5] Fieger won a close race, taking 41 percent of the vote.[6] State Rep. Jim Agee, after securing the support from the Michigan Education Association was picked by Fieger to be his running mate, over Fieger's initial preferred choice state Rep. Candace Curtis.[7]

Results[edit]

Michigan gubernatorial Democratic primary, 1998[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Geoffrey Fieger 300,458 41.2
Democratic Larry Owen 272,360 37.3
Democratic Doug Ross 156,847 21.5

Results[edit]

Michigan gubernatorial election, 1998[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Engler 1,883,005 62.20
Democratic Geoffrey Fieger 1,143,574 37.78
Write-in Terry Link 399 0.01
Write-in Carl Humphrey 36 0.00
Write-in Vicki Foreback 32 0.00
Write-in Marc Katz 20 0.00
Write-in Robert Marek 17 0.00
Write-in Michael Wagonlander 12 0.00
Write-in Johnni Matthew III 9 0.00
Majority 739,431 24.43%
Republican hold

Results by County[edit]

County Engler Votes Feiger Votes Others Votes
Alcona .% .% .%
Alger .% .% .%
Allegan .% .% .%
Alpena .% .% .%
Antrim .% .% .%
Arenac .% .% .%
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Benzie .% .% .%
Berrien .% .% .%
Branch .% .% .%
Calhoun .% .% .%
Cass .% .% .%
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Chippewa .% .% .%
Clare .% .% .%
Clinton .% .% .%
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Delta .% .% .%
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Eaton .% .% .%
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Ionia .% .% .%
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Isabella .% .% .%
Jackson .% .% .%
Kalamazoo .% .% .%
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Kent .% .% .%
Keweenaw .% .% .%
Lake .% .% .%
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Mackinac .% .% .%
Macomb .% .% .%
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Marquette .% .% .%
Mason .% .% .%
Mecosta .% .% .%
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Midland .% .% .%
Missaukee .% .% .%
Monroe .% .% .%
Montcalm .% .% .%
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Muskegon .% .% .%
Newaygo .% .% .%
Oakland .% .% .%
Oceana .% .% .%
Ogemaw .% .% .%
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Osceola .% .% .%
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Presque Isle .% .% .%
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Schoolcraft .% .% .%
Shiawassee .% .% .%
Tuscola .% .% .%
Van Buren .% .% .%
Washtenaw .% .% .%
Wayne .% .% .%
Wexford .% .% .%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wald, Matthew L. (November 5, 1998). "The 1998 elections: state by state -- Midwest; Michigan". The New York Times. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  2. ^ "DECISION '98: A LOOK AT KEY ELECTIONS". Crains Detroit. October 16, 1998. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "1998 Official Michigan Primary Election Results". Michigan Department of State Bureau of Elections. September 28, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  4. ^ "Larry Owen". Our Campaigns. March 16, 2013. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  5. ^ Kathleen Gray (May 12, 2017). "Geoffrey Fieger considering a return to politics with run for governor". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  6. ^ Associated Press (August 6, 1998). "Kevorkian's Lawyer Wins Gubernatorial Primary in Michigan". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  7. ^ By From Tribune News Services (August 29, 1998). "Teachers Pleased By Fieger Running Mate". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  8. ^ "1998 Official Michigan General Election Results: Governor 4 Year Term (1) Position". Michigan Department of State Bureau of Elections. February 9, 1999. Archived from the original on September 29, 2011. Retrieved July 31, 2011.