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Massachusetts general election, 1998


Massachusetts general election, 1998

A Massachusetts general election was held on November 3, 1998 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The election included:

Democratic and Republican candidates were selected in party primaries held September 15, 1998.


  • Statewide elections 1
    • Governor & Lieutenant Governor 1.1
    • Attorney General 1.2
    • Secretary of the Commonwealth 1.3
    • Treasurer and Receiver-General 1.4
  • Auditor 2
  • District elections 3
    • U.S. House of Representatives 3.1
    • State House of Representatives 3.2
    • State Senate 3.3
    • Governor's Council 3.4
  • Ballot questions 4
  • References 5

Statewide elections

Governor & Lieutenant Governor

Republicans Paul Cellucci and Jane M. Swift were elected Governor and Lieutenant Governor, respectively, over Democratic candidates Scott Harshbarger and Warren Tolman, and Libertarian candidates Dean Cook and Eli Israel.

Attorney General

Incumbent Attorney General Scott Harshbarger did not run for re-election. Middlesex County District Attorney Thomas Reilly defeated State Senator Lois Pines in the Democratic primary and Middlesex County Sheriff Brad Bailey in the general election.

Massachusetts Attorney General Democratic primary, 1998 [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Thomas Reilly 309,332 52.67%
Democratic Lois Pines 277,588 47.27%
Write-in 379 0.07%
Massachusetts Attorney General Election, 1998 [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Thomas Reilly 1,218,244 66.77%
Republican Brad Bailey 604,700 33.14%
Write-in 1,602 0.09%

Secretary of the Commonwealth

Democrat William F. Galvin was re-elected Secretary of the Commonwealth . He defeated Republican Dale C. Jenkins and Libertarian David Atkinson in the general election.

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Election, 1998 [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic William F. Galvin 1,249,307 70.02%
Republican Dale C. Jenkins 448,972 25.17%
Libertarian David Atkinson 85,846 4.81%

Treasurer and Receiver-General

Incumbent Treasurer and Receiver-General Joe Malone did not run for re-election. Former State Representative Shannon P. O'Brien defeated Republican Robert Maginn and Libertarian Merton B. Baker in the general election.

Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Election, 1998 [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Shannon P. O'Brien 1,120,757 62.23
Republican Robert Maginn 626,286 34.77
Libertarian Merton B. Baker 53,299 2.96
Write-in 675 0.04


Democrat A. Joseph DeNucci was re-elected Auditor. He defeated Republican Michael Duffy and Libertarian Carla Howell.

Massachusetts Auditor Election, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic A. Joseph DeNucci 1,152,193 64.61
Republican Michael Duffy 529,571 29.70
Libertarian Carla Howell 101,498 5.69

District elections

U.S. House of Representatives

see Massachusetts United States House election, 1998

State House of Representatives

see Massachusetts House election, 1998

State Senate

see Massachusetts Senate election, 1998

Governor's Council

See Massachusetts Governor's Council election, 1998

Ballot questions

There were four statewide ballot questions, which the Massachusetts voters voted on this election. All were approved. There were also various local ballot questions around the state.

Statewide Questions:

  • Question 1 - Administration of government. A constitutional amendment that would prevent the legislature from altering its own base pay. [5]
  • Question 2 - Elections and campaigns. A law that would create a new state agency would fund campaigns for all state offices. [6]
  • Question 3 - Taxes. A law that would cut the state income tax rate on interest and dividend income.
  • Question 4 - Business Regulation. A law that, starting in March 1998 would allow customers to choose to buy power from separate generating companies, instead of buying power from the utility that owns the power lines.


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  5. ^ "Massachusetts ballot questions". The Providence Journal. October 28, 1998. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  6. ^ "Massachusetts ballot questions". The Providence Journal. October 28, 1998. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
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