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Nan Rich
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Former candidate for
Governor of Florida
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limits 2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Florida State Senate District 34
Florida House of Representatives
Date of birthFebruary 9, 1942
Campaign website
Nan Rich (b. February 9, 1942) was a Democratic candidate for Governor of Florida in the 2014 elections.[1]

Rich served in the Florida State Senate, representing 34 from 2004 to 2012. Prior to that, she was a member of the Florida State House of Representatives from 2000 to 2004.

Rich has worn many hats prior to her election to the Legislature in 2000. From 1996-1999 she served as the National President of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). Rich was the first Floridian to fill that role in the 116 year history of the Organization. In 1999, Ms. Rich was appointed by then President Bill Clinton to serve on the Board for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. In addition, Rich has many years of advocacy and community service experience, working with women, children, and families in the community, U.S., and Israel.

Rich attended the University of Florida from 1959 to 1961.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Rich was appointed to these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Rich served on these committees:



See also: Florida gubernatorial election, 2014

Rich ran for election as Governor of Florida. Rich was defeated by Charlie Crist in the Democratic primary on August 26, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014. [2][1]

Democratic primary - August 26, 2014

Governor of Florida, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharlie Crist 74.4% 623,001
Nan Rich 25.6% 214,795
Total Votes 837,796
Election Results via Florida Division of Elections.

Race background

Republican incumbent Rick Scott was re-elected to a second term as governor in 2014. Sources such as Governing, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, The Cook Political Report, The Washington Post and Daily Kos had rated Scott among the most vulnerable governors of the electoral cycle.[3][4][5][6][7] Polls projected an extremely close contest between Scott and his prime contender, former Republican Governor Charlie Crist, who became a Democrat before mounting his comeback bid against Scott. Indeed, the race came down to the wire on election night.[8]

Education debate

Charlie Crist and Rick Scott sparred over education funding as the primary election transitioned into a general election. Prior to the Republican primary, Scott announced that he would boost per-pupil spending to record levels if re-elected in November. The governor's office published a statement promising an increase in per-pupil funding to $7,132 per student for the 2016 fiscal year, which would surpass the $7,126 per student rate passed during Crist's first year as governor in 2007. He cited improving job figures in his office's optimistic outlook on public education financing.[9]

Crist toured the state in a school bus in August in order to highlight cuts in public education since Scott won election. He noted that the governor facilitated $1.3 billion in education cuts during the 2012 fiscal year.[9] Crist stated on his campaign website that he would push public schools and their partners to reach the top 10 percent of schools globally as measured by reading, math and science scores by 2020.[10]

Ad spending, influence

The Scott vs. Crist election battle played out largely through television ads during the general election. Whether sponsored internally or produced and aired under the auspices of independent expenditures, the commercials were predominantly negative, with each candidate and his outside backers barring no holds to disgrace the other before Florida's electorate of active television viewers.

In late September, Scott upped the ante on media spending for the race by sinking an additional $8 million on television commercials, next to Crist's roughly $5.5 million ad-buy increase on current and future spots. Already a wallet-shattering sum, those ad-buys put the total amount spent on behalf of the two frontrunners' marketing campaigns past the $50 million mark. Scott was responsible for 71 percent, or over $35 million, of this pot, far eclipsing contributions from Crist and his supporters. The incumbent's standing in the race remained precarious during the marketing blitz, but polls conducted during this stage indicated a slight improvement for Scott. These marginal gains invited comparisons to his road from virtual no-name to victory back in 2010, which was attributed in large part to a massive emphasis on TV commercials.[11]

A September 23 article in The Miami Herald pointed out that a candidate's on-air presence does not guarantee success in an election, although Florida's media-marketing landscape is such that a candidate who neglects television altogether is almost guaranteed to fail. "If TV ads decided the governor’s race, Scott would win in a landslide," the article stated.[11]

Primary races

In June 2013, ex-Florida Sen. Nan Rich became the first Democratic candidate in the race. She was later joined by former Florida Gov. and newly-minted Democrat Charlie Crist. Crist's candidacy loomed heavy over Scott's re-election campaign, according to match-up and approval polls dating back as far as May 2012.[12][13][14]

Long affiliated with the Republican Party, Crist's first party switch occurred in 2010, when, after losing the Republican primary for U.S. Senate to Marco Rubio, he changed his registration to Independent as an alternative route to reaching the general election ballot. In the fall of 2013, Crist became a Democrat. This latest party makeover was widely interpreted as a strategic maneuver to help him unseat Scott in the 2014 governor's race.[15]

As the Crist story unfolded and media coverage about Scott's struggles increased, a slew of other, lesser-known hopefuls began filing for the office, mainly as write-ins or with no party affiliation. By October 2013, there were over twenty potentials actively petitioning for a place on the primary and general election ballots.[16] When the filing window finally closed on June 20, 2014, the number had dropped to 18 qualified gubernatorial candidates. The Republican field settled to three, including Scott, while the Democratic field remained a head-to-head battle between Crist and Rich. Unopposed Libertarian nominee Adrian Wyllie earned a direct pass to the general election, along with nine write-ins and three candidates with no stated party preference.[17]

Under Article IV of the Florida Constitution, gubernatorial nominees are required to select running mates after the primary, though they are permitted to do so in advance. Customs for selecting running mates vary across Florida's main political parties. For example, Crist was chided for breaking with party tradition when he announced Annette Taddeo-Goldstein as his lieutenant governor pick prior to the primary. "Because he’s been a life-long Republican, Charlie Crist might be excused for not knowing that Democrats typically don’t choose a running mate until they win the nomination," jabbed Nan Rich, his Democratic primary challenger, in a July campaign press release.[18]

In January, Scott appointed Carlos Lopez-Cantera as Florida's new lieutenant governor, ending an extended vacancy in the office that began with former-Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll's March 2013 resignation amid a public relations scandal. Since Lopez-Cantera's appointment occurred during a gubernatorial election year, his qualifications as a campaigner factored significantly into his selection. Scott and Carroll shared the ticket in 2010, so the governor was left with the responsibility of picking not only a new lieutenant governor to serve out Carroll's term, but also a new running mate for the 2014 election.

Scott and Crist handily secured their respective parties' nominations in the August 26 primary election.[19]

Scott and Cantera-Lopez were elected governor and lieutenant governor on a joint ticket in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Governor of Florida: Scott vs. Rich
Poll Nan Rich (D) Rick Scott* (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll
(June 11-16, 2013)
Public Policy Poll
(September 27-29, 2013)
University of Florida Poll
(September 30-October 8, 2013)
Cherry Communication/Florida Chamber of Commerce Poll
(October 4-8, 2013)
Quinnipiac University Poll
(November 12-17, 2013)
Public Policy Poll
(January 16-21, 2014)
Quinnipiac University
(January 22-27, 2014)
University of Florida
(January 27-February 1, 2014)
Saint Leo University
(March 16-19, 2014)
Quinnipiac University
(April 23-28, 2014)
AVERAGES 33.9% 40.9% 20.4% +/-3.56 952.1
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to


Rich did not seek re-election to the state Senate in 2012.[20][21]


See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2010

Rich won re-election to the 34th District seat in 2010. She was unopposed for the November 2, 2010 general election.[22]


On November 7, 2006, Rich won election to the Florida Senate from Florida's 34th Senate district. Rich ran unopposed in the election. She raised $186,851 for her campaign.[23]

Campaign donors


Rich raised $155,077 in campaign contributions in 2010. The largest contributors are listed below.[24]


In 2008, a year in which she was not up for election, Rich collected $99,841 in campaign contributions.[25] The six largest contributors to her campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Hospital Corporation of America $2,000
Bright House Networks $1,000
Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar Association $1,000
Ronald L. Book $1,000
Becker and Poliakoff $1,000
Florida Hospital Association $1,000


In 2006, Rich collected $186,851 in campaign contributions.[26] The five largest contributors to her campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Wellcare Health Plans $1,500
Hospital Corporation of America $1,500
Bellsouth $1,500
Ronald L. Book $1,000
Florida Hospital Association $1,000


Rich and her husband, David, have four children.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Quinnipiac Poll, " Scott Chips Away At Crist Lead In Florida Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Gov's Grades Are Low, But Best Ever," June 18, 2013
  2. Tampa Bay Times, "State Sen. Nan Rich running for governor in 2014," April 18, 2012
  3. University of Virginia Center for Politics: Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2013-2014 Gubernatorial Races," April 29, 2013
  4. The Washington Post, "The Fix's top gubernatorial races," September 27, 2013
  5. Daily Kos, "Daily Kos Elections gubernatorial race ratings: Initial ratings for 2013-14," October 6, 2013
  6. Governing, "2014 Governors Races," September 10, 2014
  7. The Cook Political Report, "Governors Race Ratings 2014," September 15, 2014
  8. The New York Times, "2014 Florida Election Results," accessed November 5, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Education Week, "School Spending Under Spotlight in Florida Gubernatorial Race," August 25, 2014
  10. Charlie Crist for Governor, "Education," accessed October 13, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 The Miami Herald, "Marc Caputo: With $50 million in TV ad spending, Rick Scott-Charlie Crist race is one big marketing campaign," September 23, 2014
  12. The Sun Sentinel, "Charlie Christ Announces Candidacy For Florida's Governor, As A Democrat," November 4, 2013
  13. Politico, "Ex-GOP Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist to run for job as Democrat," November 1, 2013
  14. The Daily Caller, "Charlie Crist briefly visits with Democratic Governors Association," January 9, 2013
  15. The Hill, "Charlie Crist joins Democratic party ahead of gubernatorial election," December 8, 2012
  16. Florida Division of Elections, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election - Governor," accessed October 7, 2013
  17. Florida Division of Elections, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election - Governor," accessed July 22, 2014
  18. Nan Rich for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Press release: Statement from Senator Nan Rich regarding Charlie Crist’s selection of a potential running mate," July 17, 2014 (dead link)
  19. My Florida - Election Watch, "2014 Primary, Unofficial Election Night Results," accessed August 26, 2014
  20. Florida Division of Elections, "Candidate List," accessed April 15, 2012
  21. Florida Department of Elections, "Official Primary Results," accessed December 18, 2014
  22. Florida Department of Elections, "November 2, 2010, Election Results," November 2, 2010
  23. District 34 Florida Senate candidate funds, 2006
  24. Follow the Money, "2010 Contributions," accessed January 1, 2015
  25. 2008 contributions to Nan Rich
  26. 2006 contributions to Nan Rich

Political offices
Preceded by
Florida State Senate, District 34
Succeeded by
Maria Sachs (D)