Maine gubernatorial election, 1998 Article

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Maine gubernatorial election, 1998

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Nominee Angus King James Longley, Jr.
Party Independent Republican
Popular vote 246,772 79,716
Percentage 58.61% 18.93%

 
Nominee Tom Connolly Pat LaMarche
Party Democratic Green
Popular vote 50,506 28,722
Percentage 12.00% 6.82%

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County Results
King:      40-50%      50-60%      60-70%

Governor before election

Angus King
Independent

Elected Governor

Angus King
Independent

The 1998 Maine gubernatorial election took place on November 3, 1998. Independent Governor Angus King sought a second and final term as governor. King faced off against former United States Congressman James B. Longley, Jr., the Republican nominee; attorney Thomas J. Connolly, the Democratic nominee; and several other independent candidates, including Green candidate Pat LaMarche, who would later serve as the Green Party's Vice Presidential nominee in the 2004 presidential election.

1998 was the first Maine gubernatorial election since 1982 in which the winning candidate received greater than 50% of the vote. This was not achieved again until 2018.

Democratic primary

Candidates

Results

Democratic primary results [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Thomas J. Connolly 36,954 81.72
Democratic Joseph Ricci 8,264 18.28
Total votes 45,218 100.00

Republican primary

Candidates

Results

Republican primary results [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican James B. Longley, Jr. 38,192 66.04
Republican Henry L. Joy 11,411 19.73
Republican Leo G. Martin 8,229 14.23
Total votes 57,832 100.00

General election

Results

Maine gubernatorial election, 1998 [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Angus King (Incumbent) 246,772 58.61% +23.25%
Republican James B. Longley, Jr. 79,716 18.93% -4.14%
Democratic Thomas J. Connolly 50,506 12.00% -21.83%
Green Pat LaMarche 28,722 6.82% +0.43%
Constitution William P. Clarke, Jr. 15,293 3.63%
Majority 167,056 39.68% +38.14%
Turnout 421,009
Independent hold Swing

References