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1998 Alabama gubernatorial election

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1998 Alabama gubernatorial election

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Nominee Don Siegelman Fob James
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 752,087 546,504
Percentage 57.9% 42.1%

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County results
Siegelman:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
James:      50–60%

Governor before election

Fob James

Elected Governor

Don Siegelman

The Alabama gubernatorial election of 1998 was held on November 3, 1998, to select the Governor of Alabama. The election saw incumbent Governor Fob James (R) against Lieutenant Governor Don Siegelman (D). The result saw Don Siegelman win a decisive victory over Fob James. As of 2021, this is the last time a Democrat was elected Governor of Alabama.

Republican primary

The Republican primary took place on June 2 and saw no candidate secure over 50% of the vote, leading to a runoff on June 30. Incumbent Governor Fob James won the runoff to become the Republican nominee.



Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Fob James (incumbent) 163,711 47.96
Republican Winton Blount 139,941 40.99
Republican Guy Hunt 27,824 8.15
Republican Mac McAllister 5,641 1.65
Republican Phil Williams 4,258 1.25
Total votes 341,375 100.00
Republican primary runoff results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Fob James (incumbent) 253,965 55.92
Republican Winton Blount 200,200 44.08
Total votes 454,165 100.00

Democratic primary

The Democratic primary took place on June 2 and saw Lieutenant Governor Don Siegelman easily chosen as the Democratic nominee over Birmingham attorney Lenora Pate and Wayne Sowell.



Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Don Siegelman 254,507 78.26
Democratic Lenora Pate 53,618 16.49
Democratic Wayne Sowell 10,108 3.11
Democratic Lee Lamb 6,597 2.03
Total votes 325,190 100.00

General election results

1998 Alabama gubernatorial election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Don Siegelman 752,087 57.92 +8.5
Republican Fob James (incumbent) 546,504 42.08 -8.2
Total votes 1,298,591 100.00 N/A
Democratic gain from Republican


  1. ^ Sack, Kevin (June 3, 1998). "Alabama Governor Forced Into Runoff in 3d-Term Bid". The New York Times. Retrieved October 3, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Alabama Primary Results - June 3, 1998".
  3. ^ "Alabama Runoff Results - June 30, 1998".
  4. ^ "Alabama Governor: The Candidates". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 3, 2014.

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