Governor, 1998 Election


Date: November 3, 1998
Cycle: 1998
Office: Governor
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Running mate Party Votes Percent Margin
Jesse Ventura Man Mae Schunk (Woman) Reform 773,713 36.99 +2.69
Norm Coleman Man Gen Olson (Woman) Republican 717,350 34.29
Hubert H. (Skip) Humphrey, III Man Roger D. Moe (Man) Democratic-Farmer-Labor 587,528 28.09
Ken Pentel Man Susan Jasper (Woman) Green 7,034 0.34
Frank Germann Man Michael Strand (Man) Libertarian 1,932 0.09
T. Christopher (Chris) Wright Man Darrell (D.G.) Paulsen (Man) Grassroots 1,727 0.08
Fancy Ray McCloney Man Toni ("Mom") McCloney (Woman) The People's Champion 919 0.04
Thomas A. Fiske Man John Hawkins (Man) Socialist Workers 787 0.04

This election tied the 1974 cycle with the most candidates on a Minnesota gubernatorial ballot with eight. Ventura's 36.99 percent was the lowest support registered by a winning gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota history.

Ventura was a resident of Maple Grove and former professional wrestler, actor, and Mayor of Brooklyn Park (1991-1995); Schunk was an educator from Inver Grove Heights.

Coleman was a Democrat-turned-Republican Mayor of St. Paul; Olson was a former teacher from Mound and sitting state Senator (SD 43, 1983-1993; SD 34, 1993-2003; SD 33, 2003-2013).

Humphrey was an attorney from New Hope, state Senator (SD 44, 1973-1983), sitting state Attorney General (1983-1999), and son of former U.S. Senator and Vice-President Hubert Humphrey; Moe was a state Senator (SD 66, 1971-1973; SD 02, 1973-2003) from Erksine.

Pentel was a former grassroots organizer for Greenpeace from Minneapolis.

Germann was a former civil engineer from West St. Paul; Strand was the Libertarian Lieutenant gubernatorial nominee in 1998.

Wright was a computer technician from Edina, co-founder of the Grassroots Party in 1986, and Grassroots U.S. House nominee for the 5th CD in 1988. Fancy Ray

McCloney was a comedian, pitchman, and media personality from Minneapolis; Toni McCloney was Fancy Ray’s mother.

Fiske was a machinist from St. Paul who was the Socialist Workers U.S. Senate nominee in New Jersey in 1988 and Minnesota in 1996; Hawkins was a perennial candidate and steelworker.


  • Report of the State Canvassing Board, Office of Secretary of State, State of Minnesota, November 17, 1998 (p. 23-28).