The 1998 mid-term election is the last chance the voters of America
have to determine the direction of their government before the close of
the century and the millennium. There are numerous issues that the voters
must consider as they go to the polls. Many experts see this election as
a referendum on the President and his scandals. The voters may want to
send a message to the Democratic Party that they will not tolerate scandal
in the White House by supporting Republican candidates. Conversely, Republicans
may get the message that a majority of Americans oppose impeachment of
the President, and that as the ruling party, they should get on with the
business of dealing with the nation's problems.
Discussion Questions on the Results
of the 1998 Election
Which issue do you feel was the defining idea behind the
election of 1998?
Do you feel negative campaigning is effective or is it self-defeating
for candidates who use it?
Do you consider yourself "conservative," "liberal," or "radical?"
What aspects of your views leads you to define yourself this way?
Is there a way to avoid gridlock that results from "divided
MARYLAND VIEWERS: Do you think it was a good idea for kids
to vote along with their parents in the Kids Voting Program? Can you tell
Why did traditionally Republican States vote for Democratic
when they normally vote for Republican candidates?
What is your opinion about the election results in your local
area? Please share with us the results
of the Congressional and local races as well as your opinion on those results.
Vocabulary Terms Related To US Elections and Political Parties
Clicking on the term will take you to a definition.
WWW Links on The 1998 US mid-term
Web, White, & Blue
This web site contains links to all of the major news organizations.
It is a complete resource for following the election results. Links to
individual state races are lower on the Web, White & Blue web page.
Yahoo is a web directory with a complete set of links to a variety
of political and election resources.
The League of Women Voters
These women are on top of the election news. Their web site has
a variety of election and political web sites for your bookmarks file.
MTV's Rock The Vote
Need a hipper view of the election? Visit MTV's
Rock The Vote site.
The Democracy Project
Vote-Smart's Election Returns
The Public Broadcasting Service provides election results, media
analysis, discussion areas, and an early look at the 2000 presidential
race. Mr. Cassutto
wrote two lesson plans for the Democracy Project:
Project Vote-Smart is a non-profit, non-partisan watchdog group
that tracks the activities of Congress and its constituent members. Their
Election 1998 web page contains links to many local news organizations
as well as state-by-state coverage. A visit to their web site is well worth
the time to investigate.
Maryland Election Page
The Maryland Library Information system, called Sailor,
maintains a page dealing with all the races in the state of Maryland.
NBC Affiliate WHAG maintains a web site with full local election
The local newspaper of the Hagerstown area, the Herald Mail will
have all the local results.
Howdy neighbor! If you are visiting from our neighbor to the east
in Frederick County, Maryland, you may want to check races at the Frederick
Have a resource we should know about? Have something to say? Send
us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just
place the words "election 1998" in the subject line. We'll be posting a
discussion area on the election in several days. Please check back with
us often, and thanks for visiting!
This page updated by Joe
J. in November, 1998
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