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1998 New York gubernatorial election

The New York gubernatorial election of 1998 was an election for the state governorship held on November 3, 1998. Governor George Pataki, the Republican incumbent, was re-elected with 54% of the vote.

New York gubernatorial election, 1998

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Nominee George Pataki Peter Vallone Sr. Tom Golisano
Party Republican Democratic Independence
Running mate Mary Donohue Sandra Frankel Laureen Oliver
Popular vote 2,571,991 1,570,317 364,056
Percentage 54.3% 33.2% 7.7%

New York Gubernatorial Election Results by County, 1998.svg
County Results
Pataki:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Vallone:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Governor before election

George Pataki
Republican

Elected Governor

George Pataki
Republican

Democratic primaryEdit

PollingEdit

Source Date Charles Hynes Richard Kahan James LaRocca Betsy McCaughey Ross Sheldon Silver Peter Vallone
Quinnipiac September 24, 1997 13% - 4% - 22% 20%
Quinnipiac December 10, 1997 13% 1% 3% 26% - 17%
Quinnipiac February 25, 1998 12% 1% 4% 18% - 17%
Quinnipiac March 25, 1998 16% 1% 3% 27% - 16%
Quinnipiac June 17, 1998 14% - 5% 27% - 23%
Quinnipiac July 15, 1998 11% - 3% 13% - 35%

Statewide resultsEdit

New York Democratic gubernatorial primary, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Peter Vallone, Sr. 416,147 56.38%
Democratic Betsy McCaughey Ross 156,592 21.22%
Democratic Charles Hynes 109,333 14.81%
Democratic James LaRocca 56,011 7.59%
Blank – Void – Scattering N/A
Majority 259,555 35.17%
Turnout 738,083 15.30%

General electionEdit

PollingEdit

Source Date George Pataki (R) Charles Hynes (D) Betsy McCaughey Ross (Lib)
Quinnipiac July 22, 1997 47% 30% -
Quinnipiac September 24, 1997 55% 26% -
Quinnipiac December 10, 1997 54% 28% -
Quinnipiac February 25, 1998 60% 23% -
Quinnipiac March 25, 1998 60% 25% -
Quinnipiac June 17, 1998 59% 18% 12%
Source Date George Pataki (R) Richard Kahan (D)
Quinnipiac December 10, 1997 57% 21%
Quinnipiac February 25, 1998 62% 17%
Quinnipiac March 25, 1998 62% 19%
Source Date George Pataki (R) James LaRocca (D) Betsy McCaughey Ross (Lib)
Quinnipiac July 22, 1997 48% 23% -
Quinnipiac September 24, 1997 55% 21% -
Quinnipiac December 10, 1997 57% 21% -
Quinnipiac February 25, 1998 61% 18% -
Quinnipiac March 25, 1998 63% 19% -
Quinnipiac June 17, 1998 59% 15% 13%
Source Date George Pataki (R) Betsy McCaughey Ross (D)
Quinnipiac December 10, 1997 54% 29%
Quinnipiac February 25, 1998 59% 26%
Quinnipiac March 25, 1998 57% 30%
Quinnipiac June 17, 1998 63% 26%
Source Date George Pataki (R) Sheldon Silver (D)
Quinnipiac September 24, 1997 55% 29%
Source Date George Pataki (R) Peter Vallone (D) Betsy McCaughey Ross (Lib) Thomas Golisano (I)
Quinnipiac July 22, 1997 47% 27% - -
Quinnipiac September 24, 1997 55% 26% - -
Quinnipiac December 10, 1997 56% 26% - -
Quinnipiac February 25, 1998 60% 23% - -
Quinnipiac March 25, 1998 58% 26% - -
Quinnipiac June 17, 1998 59% 19% 12% -
Quinnipiac September 27, 1998 53% 26% 4% 9%
Quinnipiac October 15, 1998 54% 25% 4% 9%
Quinnipiac October 28, 1998 57% 24% 3% 10%
Quinnipiac November 2, 1998 55% 26% 2% 11%

ResultsEdit

New York gubernatorial election, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican George Pataki 2,223,264 44.59%
Conservative George Pataki 348,727 6.99%
Total George Pataki 2,571,991 54.32% +5.53%
Democratic Peter Vallone, Sr. 1,518,992 30.47%
Working Families Peter Vallone, Sr. 51,325 1.03%
Total Peter Vallone, Sr. 1,570,317 33.16% -12.29%
Independence Tom Golisano 364,056 7.69% +3.51%
Liberal Betsy McCaughey 77,915 1.65% -0.12%
Right to Life Michael Reynolds 56,683 1.20% -0.10%
Green Al Lewis 52,533 1.11% N/A
Marijuana Reform Thomas K. Leighton 24,788 0.52% N/A
Unity Mary Alice France 9,692 0.21% N/A
Libertarian Chris Garvey 4,722 0.11% -0.07%
Socialist Workers Al Duncan 2,539 0.05% +0.01%
Blank – Void – Scattering 250,696 5.02% N/A
Majority 1,001,674 21.15% +17.81%
Turnout 4,985,932
Republican hold Swing

See alsoEdit

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