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1998 Nebraska gubernatorial election

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1998 Nebraska gubernatorial election

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Nominee Mike Johanns Bill Hoppner
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate David Maurstad Pam Bataillon
Popular vote 293,910 250,678
Percentage 53.9% 46.0%

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County results
Johanns:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Hoppner:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Governor before election

Ben Nelson

Elected Governor

Mike Johanns

Term limits prevented incumbent Governor Ben Nelson, a Democrat, from seeking a third term in office. Republican nominee Mike Johanns , Mayor of Lincoln, defeated Democratic nominee, attorney Bill Hoppner, an advisor to James Exon and Bob Kerrey. Johanns' margin of victory was eight points. As of 2021, this is the last gubernatorial election in Nebraska in which the margin of victory was within single digits.

Democratic primary



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bill Hoppner 72,887 65.39
Democratic James D. McFarland 33,890 30.41
Democratic Robb Nimic 1,621 1.45
Democratic Write-ins 1,606 1.44
Democratic Luis R. Calvillo 1,455 1.31
Total votes 111,459 100.00

Republican primary



Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Johanns 88,173 40.02
Republican John Breslow 65,806 29.87
Republican Jon Christensen 62,107 28.19
Republican Barry Richards 2,036 0.92
Republican Lavern Bartels 1,908 0.87
Republican Write-ins 285 0.13
Total votes 220,315 100.00

General election


Nebraska gubernatorial election, 1998[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Johanns 293,910 53.90% +28.33%
Democratic Bill Hoppner 250,678 45.98% -27.06%
Write-ins 650 0.12%
Majority 43,232 7.93% -39.53%
Turnout 545,238
Republican gain from Democratic Swing


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  3. ^ State of Nebraska. Secretary of State of Nebraska. Official Report of the Board of State Canvassers. Comp. Scott Moore. Lincoln, Nebraska, 1998. A1. PDF file

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