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Summary of the 1998 Alaska Elections

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Publication Date: January 2001

Publisher(s): National Institute on Money in State Politics (U.S.)

Author(s): Lucy Vohs

Topic: Politics (Campaigns, lobbying, and pressure groups)

Type: Report

Coverage: Alaska


In 1998, statewide elections were held for governor and lieutenant governor. In the primary election, candidates for these offices run separately. The winning candidates then run together as a ticket in the general election. Both seats were contested. Legislative elections also were held for all 40 House seats and 10 of the 20 Senate seats. Of the 50 legislative elections, one Senate race was open, 11 House races were uncontested and seven House seats were open. Republicans maintained control of the Legislature, winning seven of the eight open seats and seven of the 11 uncontested races. The Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor won re-election by a large margin.