1998 United States Senate election in Wisconsin

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1998 United States Senate election in Wisconsin

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  Russ Feingold official photo.jpg Mark Neumann (cropped).jpg
Nominee Russ Feingold Mark Neumann
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 890,059 852,272
Percentage 50.5% 48.4%

Results of the 1998 United States Senate election in Wisconsin by county.svg
County results
Feingold:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%
Neumann:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. senator before election

Russ Feingold

Elected U.S. Senator

Russ Feingold

The 1998 United States Senate election in Wisconsin was held November 3, 1998. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Russ Feingold won re-election to a second term.

Major candidates[edit]




In September 1997, Neumann announced his candidacy for the United States Senate against Russ Feingold. Both candidates had similar views on the budget surplus, although Neumann was for banning partial-birth abortion while Feingold was against a ban. Both candidates limited themselves to $3.8 million in campaign spending ($1 for every citizen of Wisconsin), although outside groups spent more than $2 million on Neumann; Feingold refused to have outside groups spend their own 'soft money' on his behalf.[1][2] Feingold defeated Neumann by a slim 2% margin in the election. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Neumann had a 30,000 vote margin outside Milwaukee County, but was overwhelmed by a 68,000 vote margin in Milwaukee County. [1]


General election results
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Russ Feingold (incumbent) 890,059 50.55%
Republican Mark Neumann 852,272 48.40%
U.S. Taxpayers Robert R. Raymond 7,942 0.45%
Libertarian Tom Ender 5,591 0.32%
Independent Eugene A. Hem 4,266 0.24%
Write-in 706 0.04%
Majority 37,787 2.15%
Turnout 1,760,836
Democratic hold

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