United States gubernatorial elections, 1998

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United States Gubernatorial elections, 1998

← 1997 November 3, 1998 1999 →

38 governorships
36 states; 2 territories

  Majority party Minority party Third party
Party Republican Democratic Reform
Last election 32 governorships 17 governorships 0 governorships
Seats before 32 17 0
Seats after 31 17 1
Seat change Decrease1 Steady0 Increase1

1998 Gubernatorial election map.svg
  Republican hold
  Republican gain
  Democratic hold
  Democratic gain
  Reform gain
  Independent hold

United States gubernatorial elections were held on November 3, 1998 in 36 states and two territories. Going into the election 24 of the seats were held by Republicans, 11 by Democrats, and one by an Independent. The elections changed the national balance of power by the loss of one Republican and the gain of one Independent, although it shifted in nine states. Democrats gained open seats in California and Iowa and defeated incumbents Fob James of Alabama and David Beasley of South Carolina while Republicans won open seats in Colorado, Florida, Nebraska, and Nevada and the Reform Party won an open Republican governorship in Minnesota. By the end of the election, 23 seats were held by Republicans, 11 by Democrats, one by the Reform Party, and one by an Independent.

The elections coincided with the mid-term elections for the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives.

With the exception of two states (New Hampshire and Vermont), the governors elected in this election will serve 4-year terms. New Hampshire and Vermont's governors will serve 2-year terms

Summary of results[edit]

Note: Candidates' vote percentages rounded to the nearest tenth of one percent. Candidates earning 0.05% or more of the vote are included.

A bolded state name features an article about the specific election.

State Incumbent Party Status Opposing Candidates
Alabama Fob James Republican Defeated, 42.1% Don Siegelman (Democratic) 57.7%
Alaska Tony Knowles Democratic Re-elected, 51.3% Robin Taylor (Write-in) 18.3%
John Lindauer (Republican) 17.9%
Ray Metcalfe (Republican Moderate) 6.2%
Erica Jacobsson (Green) 3.0%
Arizona Jane Hull Republican Re-elected, 61.0% Paul Johnson (Democratic) 35.5%
Katherine Gallant (Libertarian) 2.7%
Scott Malcomson (Reform) 0.8%
Arkansas Mike Huckabee Republican Re-elected, 59.8% Bill Bristow (Democratic) 38.7%
Keith Carle (Reform) 1.6%
California Pete Wilson Republican Term-limited, Democratic victory Gray Davis (Democratic) 58.0%
Dan Lungren (Republican) 38.4%
Dan Hamburg (Green) 1.2%
Steve Kubby (Libertarian) 0.9%
Gloria La Riva (Peace & Freedom) 0.7%
Nathan Johnson (American Ind.) 0.5%
Harold Bloomfield (Natural Law) 0.4%
Colorado Roy Romer Democratic Term-limited, Republican victory Bill Owens (Republican) 49.1%
Gail Schoettler (Democratic) 48.4%
Sandra Johnson (Libertarian) 1.7%
Tim Leonard (American Constitution) 0.8%
Connecticut John Rowland Republican Re-elected, 62.9% Barbara Kennelly (Democratic) 35.4%
Joseph Zdoneczyk (Concerned Citizens) 0.9%
Ned Vare (Libertarian) 0.6%
Roberta Scaglione (Term Limits) 0.2%
Florida Lawton Chiles Democratic Term-limited, Republican victory Jeb Bush (Republican) 55.3%
Buddy MacKay (Democratic) 44.7%
Georgia Zell Miller Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory Roy Barnes (Democratic) 52.5%
Guy Millner (Republican) 44.0%
Jack Cashin (Libertarian) 3.4%
Hawaii Ben Cayetano Democratic Re-elected, 50.1% Linda Lingle (Republican) 48.8%
George Peabody (Libertarian) 1.1%
Idaho Phil Batt Republican Retired, Republican victory Dirk Kempthorne (Republican) 67.7%
Robert Huntley (Democratic) 29.1%
Peter Rickards (Independent) 3.2%
Illinois Jim Edgar Republican Retired, Republican victory George Ryan (Republican) 51.0%
Glenn Poshard (Democratic) 47.5%
Lawrence Redmond (Reform) 1.5%
Iowa Terry Branstad Republican Retired, Democratic victory Tom Vilsack (Democratic) 52.3%
Jim Lightfoot (Republican) 46.5%
Jim Hennager (Reform) 0.6%
Kansas Bill Graves Republican Re-elected, 73.4% Tom Sawyer (Democratic) 22.7%
Kirt Poovey (Taxpayers) 2.9%
Darrel King (Reform) 1.1%
Maine Angus King Independent Re-elected, 58.6% Jim Longley (Republican) 18.9%
Tom Connolly (Democratic) 12.0%
Pat LaMarche (Green Independent) 6.8%
William Clarke (Taxpayers) 3.6%
Maryland Parris Glendening Democratic Re-elected, 55.1% Ellen Sauerbrey (Republican) 44.8%
Massachusetts Paul Cellucci (acting) Republican Elected, 50.8% Scott Harshbarger (Democratic) 47.4%
Dean Cook (Libertarian) 1.7%
Michigan John Engler Republican Re-elected, 62.2% Geoffrey Fieger (Democratic) 37.8%
Minnesota Arne Carlson Republican Retired, Reform victory Jesse Ventura (Reform) 37.0%
Norm Coleman (Republican) 34.3%
Skip Humphrey (Democratic) 28.1%
Ken Pentel (Green) 0.3%
Frank Germann (Libertarian) 0.1%
Chris Wright (Grassroots) 0.1%
Nebraska Ben Nelson Democratic Term-limited, Republican victory Mike Johanns (Republican) 53.9%
Bill Hoppner (Democratic) 46.0%
Nevada Bob Miller Democratic Term-limited, Republican victory Kenny Guinn (Republican) 51.6%
Jan Jones (Democratic) 42.0%
None of the above 2.9%
Chuck Horne (Independent American) 1.7%
Terry Savage (Libertarian) 1.7%
New Hampshire Jeanne Shaheen Democratic Re-elected, 66.1% Jay Lucas (Republican) 33.1%
New Mexico Gary Johnson Republican Re-elected, 54.5% Martin Chávez (Democratic) 45.5%
New York George Pataki Republican Re-elected, 54.3% Peter Vallone (Democratic) 33.2%
Tom Golisano (Independence) 7.7%
Betsy McCaughey (Liberal) 1.7%
Michael Reynolds (Right to Life) 1.2%
Al Lewis (Green) 1.1%
Thomas Leighton (Marijuana Reform) 0.5%
Alice France (Unity) 0.2%
Christopher Garvey (Libertarian) 0.1%
Alfred Duncan (Socialist Workers) 0.1%
Ohio George Voinovich Republican Term-limited, Republican victory Bob Taft (Republican) 50.1%
Lee Fisher (Democratic) 44.7%
John Mitchel (Independent) 3.3%
Zanna Feitler (Independent) 1.9%
Oklahoma Frank Keating Republican Re-elected, 57.9% Laura Boyd (Democratic) 40.9%
Hoppy Heidelberg (Reform) 1.2%
Oregon John Kitzhaber Democratic Re-elected, 64.4% Bill Sizemore (Republican) 30.0%
Richard Burke (Libertarian) 1.8%
Blair Bobier (Pacific Green) 1.4%
Roger Weidner (Reform) 0.9%
Patti Steurer (Natural Law) 0.7%
Trey Smith (Socialist) 0.5%
Pennsylvania Tom Ridge Republican Re-elected, 57.4% Ivan Itkin (Democratic) 31.0%
Peg Luksik (Taxpayers) 10.4%
Ken Krawchuk (Libertarian) 1.1%
Rhode Island Lincoln Almond Republican Re-elected, 51.0% Myrth York (Democratic) 42.1%
Bob Healey (Cool Moose) 6.3%
John Patrick (Reform) 0.6%
South Carolina David Beasley Republican Defeated, 45.2% Jim Hodges (Democratic) 53.2%
Timothy Moultrie (Libertarian) 1.4%
South Dakota Bill Janklow Republican Re-elected, 64.0% Bernie Hunhoff (Democratic) 32.9%
Bob Newland (Libertarian) 1.7%
Ronald Wieczorek (Independent) 1.4%
Tennessee Don Sundquist Republican Re-elected, 68.6% John Jay Hooker (Democratic) 29.5%
George Hamilton (Independent) 0.6%
Irwin Gibbs (Independent) 0.5%
Lonnie Creech (Independent) 0.4%
Thomas Smith (Independent) 0.2%
Karl Smithson (Independent) 0.2%
Texas George W. Bush Republican Re-elected, 68.2% Garry Mauro (Democratic) 31.2%
Lester Turlington (Libertarian) 0.6%
Vermont Howard Dean Democratic Re-elected, 55.7% Ruth Dwyer (Republican) 41.1%
Joel Williams (Grassroots) 1.5%
Amy Berkey (Libertarian) 1.0%
Richard Gottlieb (Liberty Union) 0.5%
Wisconsin Tommy Thompson Republican Re-elected, 59.7% Ed Garvey (Democratic) 38.7%
Jim Mueller (Libertarian) 0.6%
Edward Frami (Taxpayers) 0.6%
Mike Mangan (Independent) 0.3%
Ja Mu Muhammad (Independent) 0.1%
Wyoming Jim Geringer Republican Re-elected, 55.6% John Vinich (Democratic) 40.5%
Dave Dawson (Libertarian) 3.9%
Territory Incumbent Party Status Competing candidates
Guam[1] Carl Gutierrez Democratic Re-elected, 51.18% Joseph Ada (Republican) 44.8%
Other 4.02%
United States Virgin Islands[2] Roy Schneider Independent Defeated, 41.06% Charles Turnbull (Democratic) 58.94%

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