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1998 New York Attorney General election

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1998 New York Attorney General election
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← 1994 November 3, 1998 2002 →
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Nominee Eliot Spitzer Dennis Vacco
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 2,084,948 2,059,762
Percentage 48.2% 47.6%

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Results by county

Spitzer:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

Vacco:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Attorney General before election

Dennis Vacco

Elected Attorney General

Eliot Spitzer

The 1998 New York Attorney General election took place on November 3, 1998 along with elections to the United States Senate in other states as well as elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Democratic challenger Eliot Spitzer unseated one-term Republican incumbent Dennis Vacco in a major upset.

Democratic primary


Source Date Oliver Koppell Catherine Abate Eliot Spitzer Evan Davis
Quinnipiac February 26, 1998 7% 7% 2% 5%
Quinnipiac July 16, 1998 16% 13% 18% -

Statewide Results

New York Democratic Attorney General primary, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Eliot Spitzer 279,180 41.54%
Democratic Catherine Abate 186,626 27.77%
Democratic Gabriel Oliver Koppell 145,231 21.61%
Democratic Evan Davis 60,978 9.07%
Blank – Void – Scattering N/A
Majority 92,554 13.77%
Turnout 672,015 %

General election


Source Date Dennis Vacco (R) Eliot Spitzer (D)
Quinnipiac September 27, 1998 46% 37%
Quinnipiac October 15, 1998 45% 33%
Quinnipiac October 28, 1998 47% 34%


General election results [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Eliot Spitzer 2,084,948 48.20
Republican Dennis Vacco (incumbent) 2,059,762 47.62
Independence Catherine Abate 81,439 1.88
Right to Life Robert W. Dapelo 60,399 1.40
Libertarian Daniel A. Conti, Jr. 19,864 0.46
Green Johann L. Moore 18,984 0.44
Total votes 4,325,396 100.00
Democratic gain from Republican


See also

Preceded by
New York Attorney General election
Succeeded by

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