1998 Illinois gubernatorial election

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1998 Illinois gubernatorial election

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Turnout49.72% Decrease 1.05 pp
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Nominee George Ryan Glenn Poshard
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Corinne Wood Mary Lou Kearns
Popular vote 1,714,094 1,594,191
Percentage 51.0% 47.8%

Illinois Gubernatorial Election Results by County, 1998.svg
County Results
Ryan:
     40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Poshard:
     50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

Governor before election

Jim Edgar
Republican

Elected Governor

George Ryan
Republican

The 1998 Illinois gubernatorial election took place on November 3, 1998. Incumbent Republican Governor Jim Edgar did not run for a third term in office. Republican nominee George Ryan, the Illinois Secretary of State, narrowly won the election against Democratic Congressman Glenn Poshard.

Election information[edit]

The primaries and general elections coincided with those for federal elections (Senate and House), as well as those for other state offices. The election was part of the 1998 Illinois elections.

Turnout[edit]

For the primaries, turnout for the gubernatorial primaries was 24.58%, with 1,658,296 votes cast and turnout for the lieutenant gubernatorial primaries was 19.76% with 1,333,446 votes cast.[1][2] For the general election, turnout was 49.72%, with 3,358,705 votes cast.[1][2]

Democratic primaries[edit]

Governor[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic gubernatorial primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Glenn Poshard 357,342 37.60
Democratic Roland Burris 290,393 30.56
Democratic John R. Schmidt 236,309 24.87
Democratic Jim Burns 55,233 5.81
Democratic Larry Burgess 6,075 0.64
Democratic Maurice Horton 4,955 0.52
Total votes 950,307 100.00

Lieutenant governor[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Democratic lieutenant gubernatorial primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mary Lou Kearns 391,373 50.09
Democratic Pat Quinn 389,905 49.91
Total votes 781,278 100

Republican primaries[edit]

Governor[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican gubernatorial primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican George Ryan 608,940 86.08
Republican Chad Koppie 98,466 13.92
Total votes 707,406 100.00

Lieutenant governor[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican lieutenant gubernatorial primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Corrine G. Wood 551,580 100
Total votes 551,580 100

Reform primary[edit]

Governor[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Lawrence Redmond

Results[edit]

Reform gubernatorial primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Reform Lawrence Redmond 583 100.00
Total votes 583 100.00

Lieutenant governor[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Phyllis Nirchi

Results[edit]

Reform lieutenant gubernatorial primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Reform Philomena "Phyllis" Nirchi 588 100
Total votes 588 100

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Illinois gubernatorial election, 1998[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican George Ryan / Corinne Wood 1,714,094 51.03% -12.85%
Democratic Glenn Poshard / Mary Lou Kearns 1,594,191 47.46% +13.02%
Reform Lawrence Redmond / Phyllis Nirchi 50,372 1.50%
Write-ins 48 0.00%
Majority 119,903 3.57% -25.87%
Turnout 3,358,705 49.72%
Republican hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Voter Turnout". www.elections.il.gov. Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Election Results". www.elections.il.gov. Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Ballots Cast". Elections.illinois.gov. 1998-03-17. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-04-04.
  4. ^ "KANE CORONER TO JOIN JESSE WHITE'S STAFF". chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune. 13 January 1999. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Ballots Cast". Elections.illinois.gov. 1998-11-03. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-04-04.