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1998 Maine gubernatorial election

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Nominee Angus King James B. 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%

1998 Maine gubernatorial election results map by county.svg
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.

This election was the first since 1982 in which the winning candidate received greater than 50% of the vote. This was not achieved again until 2018. As of 2022, this was the last time a third-party or independent candidate won the governorship of Maine.

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

Candidates

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

  1. ^ "Maine Primary Election Results - June 9, 1998 | Governor - Democratic". Maine.gov. Archived from the original on 2003-09-12.
  2. ^ "Maine Primary Election Results - June 9, 1998 | Governor - Republican". Maine.gov. Archived from the original on 2004-10-23.
  3. ^ "General Election Tabulations - November 3, 1998 | Governor, U.S. Congress, State Legislature". Maine.gov. Archived from the original on 2004-09-18.