United States Senate election in Pennsylvania, 1998

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United States Senate election in Pennsylvania, 1998
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Nominee Arlen Specter Bill Lloyd
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,814,180 1,028,839
Percentage 61.3% 34.8%

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County results

U.S. Senator before election

Arlen Specter

Elected U.S. Senator

Arlen Specter

The 1998 United States Senate election in Pennsylvania was held on November 3, 1998. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Arlen Specter won re-election to a fourth term.

Major candidates[edit]




Leading up to this campaign, the state Democratic Party was in dire straits, as it was plagued by prior corruption allegations of several key legislators and by a lack of fund-raising. Just as in the accompanying gubernatorial race, the party had difficulty in finding a credible candidate. State Representative Bill Lloyd, who was a well-respected party leader but who had almost zero statewide name recognition, was considered[by whom?] to be a sacrificial lamb candidate. Specter ran a straightforward campaign and attempted to avoid mistakes, while Lloyd's bid was so underfunded that he was unable to air a single commercial until two weeks before the election. Lloyd's strategy was to portray Republicans as hyper-partisan in wake of their attempt to impeach President Bill Clinton, but he was unable to gain any traction with his message. On Election Day, Specter's win was by the second-largest margin in the history of Senate elections in Pennsylvania. He won in two counties: almost uniformly Democratic Philadelphia and his home county, rural and typically Republican Somerset County.[2]


General election results[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Arlen Specter 1,814,180 61.3%
Democratic Bill Lloyd 1,028,839 34.8%
Constitution Dean Snyder 68,377 2.3%
Libertarian Jack Iannantuono 46,103 1.6%


  1. ^ "Demo Lawmaker Wants Specter's Job". Allentown Morning Call. 6 January 1998. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Kennedy, John J. (2006). Pennsylvania Elections: Statewide Contests from 1950-2004. United Press of America. ISBN 9780761832799. 
  3. ^ "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998" (PDF). Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House. Retrieved 8 July 2014.