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ELECTION 98 MAIN | | REMOTE NAVIGATOR

WISCONSIN

Race Summary

Governor    (3549 of 3549 precincts reporting)
Garvey (D) 39%     Thompson (R) * 60%    
Senate    (3549 of 3549 precincts reporting)
Feingold (D) * 51%     Neumann (R) 49%    
House 01    (278 of 278 precincts reporting)
Spottswood (D) 43%     Ryan (R) * 57%    
House 02    (399 of 399 precincts reporting)
Baldwin (D) * 53%     Musser (R) 47%    
House 03    (506 of 506 precincts reporting)
Kind (D) * 72%     Brechler (R) 28%    
House 04    (310 of 310 precincts reporting)
Kleczka (D) * 57%     Reynolds (R) 43%    
House 05    (278 of 278 precincts reporting)
Barrett (D) * 78%     Melvin (R) 22%    
House 06    (407 of 407 precincts reporting)
Petri (R) * 93%    
House 07    (621 of 621 precincts reporting)
Obey (D) * 61%     West (R) 39%    
House 08    (424 of 424 precincts reporting)
Johnson (D) 45%     Green (R) * 55%    
House 09    (326 of 326 precincts reporting)
Sensenbrenner (R) * 92%    
Updated November 04, 1998 03:40 P.M. EST

TOP RACES

GOVERNOR: Gov. Tommy G. Thompson (R), first elected in 1986, is seeking a fourth term. Lawyer Ed Garvey (D) will be Thompson's opponent.
Stuart Rothenberg's Race at a Glance

SENATE: Sen. Russell D. Feingold (D), first elected in 1992, is seeking a second term. His challengers are Rep. Mark W. Neumann (R) and Tom Ender (I).
Stuart Rothenberg's Race at a Glance


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1998 POLLS

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POLL HOURS

Most open 9 a.m. ET (8 a.m. CT) but can open as early as 8 a.m. ET (7 a.m. CT)
All polls close at 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT)


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SENATOR AND GOVERNOR NOT UP IN 1998

Sen. Herb Kohl (D), first elected 1988; next election in 2000.


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VACANCIES

1998 vacancies list


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HOUSE DISTRICTS

  • CD1 (Southeast; Racine; Kenosha):
    Lydia Spottswood (D); Paul Ryan (R)
  • CD2 (South; Madison):
    Tammy Baldwin (D); Josephine Musser (R)
  • CD3 (West; Eau Claire; La Crosse):
    Ron Kind (inc.) (D); Troy A. Brechler (R)
  • CD4 (Southern Milwaukee; Milwaukee County suburbs):
    Gerald D. Kleczka (inc.) (D); Tom Reynolds (R)
  • CD5 (Northern Milwaukee; Milwaukee County suburbs):
    Thomas Barrett (inc.) (D); Jack Melvin (R)
  • CD6 (Central; Oshkosh; Fond Du Lac; Manitowoc):
    No Democratic candidate; Tom Petri (inc.) (R)
  • CD7 (Northwest; Wausau; Superior; Stevens Point):
    David Obey (inc.) (D); Scott West (R)
  • CD8 (Northeast; Green Bay; Appleton):
    Jay Johnson (inc.) (D); Mark Green (R)
  • CD9 (Milwaukee suburbs; part of Waukesha County; Sheboygan):
    No Democratic candidate; F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (inc.) (R)


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    PRIMARY DATE

    September 8

    Primary results


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    FILING DEADLINE

    July 14


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    STATEWIDE BALLOT MEASURES

    Total Number: 2

    To Watch:
    Question 2: The Right To Keep And Bear Arms
    Would amend the state constitution to declare the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose.


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    PARTY CONTROL

    Governor: Republican
    U.S. Senate: 2 Democrats
    U.S. House of Representatives: 5 Democrats, 4 Republicans
    State Senate: 15 Democrats, 17 Republicans
    State House of Representatives: 43 Democrats, 52 Republicans (4 seats vacant)


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    STATE LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS

    Senate: 17 seats up
    House: All 99 seats up


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    PARTY REGISTRATION

    None

    State Projected Voting Age Population: 3,824,000 (1996)

    No State Voter Registration


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    ELECTORAL VOTES

    11


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    PRESIDENTIAL VOTING HISTORY

    Clinton won in 1996; Clinton in 1992; Dukakis in 1988; Reagan in 1984; Carter in 1980; Carter in 1976; Nixon in 1972; Nixon in 1968; Johnson in 1964; Nixon in 1960.

    LAST TIME VOTED DEMOCRATIC FOR PRESIDENT: 1996

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1996:

    Clinton 49%
    Dole 38%
    Perot 10%
    Other 2%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1992:

    Clinton 41%
    Bush 36.8%
    Perot 21.5%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1988:

    Dukakis 51%
    Bush 48%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1984:

    Reagan: 54%
    Mondale: 45%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1980:

    Carter 48%
    Reagan 43%
    Anderson 7%


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    PAST EXIT POLLS

    1992:

    1994:

    1996:


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    TURNOUT

    Historical voter turnout as a percentage of the voting age population 1996-1960


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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Population: 5,160,000 (1996)
    (% of voting age population)

    White: 93.8%
    African American: 4.1%
    Asian: 0.8%
    Native American: 0.7%
    Other/Undeclared: 0.7%

    Persons of Hispanic origin account for 1.5% of the voting population (from 1990 Census)


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    STATE TIDBITS

    State Capital: Madison
    State Nickname: Badger State

    The first state of the old Midwest, Wisconsin has long been on the forefront of political change. The GOP has roots in the progressive politics of 19th-century German settlers, and the state's welfare system served as a model for the 1996 national welfare reform bill. Wisconsin is called the Badger State, not after the animal, but because of the state's lead miners, who would dig their homes in the ground like a badger, according to the director of elections. Gov. Tommy Thompson has thrived due to good political instincts and hard work. He was mentioned as a possible presidential contender in the 1996 presidential race, and his name is back on the 2000 list. The state has voted Democratic in five of the past six presidential elections (Reagan in 1984 was the exception).


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    RELATED SITES

    NOTE: External sites will open in a new browser window.

    Government:

    Wisconsin Secretary of State Home Page
    http://www.state.wi.us
    Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson's Home Page
    http://www.wisgov.state.wi.us/
    Wisconsin State Senate
    http://www.legis.state.wi.us/senate/senate.html
    Wisconsin State House of Representatives
    http://www.legis.state.wi.us/assembly/assembly.html

    News Media:

    CNN Affiliates

    WLUK (Green Bay)
    http://www.wluk.com/news.html
    WISN (Milwaukee)
    http://www.wisn.com/wisntv/wisntv.html

    State Newspapers

    Wisconsin State Journal
    http://www.madison.com
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    http://www.onwis.com

    General Interest:

    The White House
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/Welcome.html
    The House of Representatives
    http://www.house.gov/
    The Senate
    http://www.senate.gov/
    Library of Congress -- The Legislative Branch
    http://lcweb.loc.gov/global/legislative/congress.html
    Congressional Quarterly's American Voter
    http://voter.cq.com/
    Congressional Quarterly's VoteWatch
    http://pathfinder.com/CQ/
    THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
    http://thomas.loc.gov/
    Federal Election Commission
    http://www.fec.gov/
    Democratic National Committee
    http://www.democrats.org/
    Republican National Committee
    http://www.rnc.org/
    Project Vote Smart
    http://www.vote-smart.org
    Policy.com
    http://www.policy.com/


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    Updated: October 25, 1998



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