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New York Attorney General election, 1998

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 narrowly unseated one-term Republican incumbent Dennis Vacco.


  • Democratic primary 1
    • Polling 1.1
  • General election 2
    • Polling 2.1
  • Results 3
  • References 4
  • See also 5

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% -

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 L. Spitzer 2,084,948 48.20%
Republican Dennis C. Vacco 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%
Totals 4,325,396 100.00%


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Preceded by
New York Attorney General election
Succeeded by

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