Colorado Gubernatorial Election, 1998
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Colorado Gubernatorial Election, 1998
Colorado gubernatorial election, 1998
1994 November 3, 1998 2002 ->
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Nominee Bill Owens Gail Schoettler
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 648,202 639,905
Percentage 49.1% 48.4%

Governor before election

Roy Romer

Elected Governor

Bill Owens

The 1998 Colorado gubernatorial election was held on November 3, 1998 to select the governor of the state of Colorado. Roy Romer, the Democratic incumbent was term limited and could not run again. The Republican nominee, Colorado Treasurer Bill Owens, narrowly defeated the Democratic nominee, Colorado Lieutenant Governor Gail Schoettler, to flip the seat to the Republicans for the first time in 24 years.

Democratic Primary

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gail Schoettler 79,607 55.25
Democratic Mike Feeley 64,466 44.75
Total votes 144,073 100.00

Republican Primary

Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Owens 126,613 59.20
Republican Tom Norton 87,269 40.80
Total votes 213,882 100.00

General election

Colorado gubernatorial election, 1998[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Bill Owens 648,202 49.06% +10.36%
Democratic Gail Schoettler 639,905 48.43% -7.03%
Libertarian Sandra D. Johnson 22,202 1.68%
Constitution Tim Leonard 10,998 0.83%
Majority 8,297 0.63% -16.13%
Turnout 1,321,307
Republican gain from Democratic Swing


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