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Illinois gubernatorial election, 1998

Illinois gubernatorial election, 1998

November 3, 1998

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%

Red denotes a county won by Ryan, and blue by Poshard.

Governor before election

Jim Edgar

Elected Governor

George Ryan

The 1998 Illinois gubernatorial election resulted in Republican Secretary of State Glenn Poshard.

Democratic primary



Democratic primary results[1]
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%
Totals 950,307 100.00%

Republican primary



Republican Party primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican George Ryan 608,940 86.08%
Republican Chad Koppie 98,466 13.92%
Totals 707,406 100.00%

Reform primary


  • Lawrence Redmond


Reform Party primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Reform Lawrence Redmond 583 100.00%
Totals 583 100.00%

General election


Illinois gubernatorial election, 1998[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican George Ryan 1,714,094 51.03% -12.85%
Democratic Glenn Poshard 1,594,191 47.46% +13.02%
Reform Lawrence Redmond 50,372 1.50%
Write-ins 48 0.00%
Majority 119,903 3.57% -25.87%
Turnout 3,358,705
Republican hold Swing

See also


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