Piotr Blass

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Piotr Blass
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General electionNovember 4, 2014
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Governor of Florida
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Piotr Blass is a write-in candidate for Governor of Florida in the 2014 elections.[1]

He last sought elected office in 2012 as an Independent candidate for the U.S. Senate from Florida. He was defeated on November 6, 2012 by incumbent Bill Nelson.[2]



See also: Florida gubernatorial election, 2014

Blass is running for Governor of Florida in 2014 as a write-in candidate. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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Republican incumbent Rick Scott is seeking a second term as governor in 2014.

Sources such as Governing, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, The Washington Post and Daily Kos have consistently rated Scott among the top five most vulnerable gubernatorial incumbents facing re-election in 2014.[3][4][5][6]

In June 2013, ex-Florida Sen. Nan Rich became the first Democratic candidate in the race. She was later joined by former governor and newly minted Democrat Charlie Crist, whose candidacy looms threateningly over Scott's re-election campaign. [7][8][9]

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 became an Independent as a way to preserve his candidacy into the general election. Crist's latest party makeover in the fall of 2013 was widely interpreted as a strategic maneuver aimed at helping him unseat Scott in 2014.[10]

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 from third parties and independents. By October 2013, there were over twenty hopefuls were actively petitioning for a place on the primary or general election ballot.[11] When the filing window finally closed on June 20, 2014, the number had dropped to—a still a remarkable—eighteen qualified gubernatorial candidates. The Republican field settled to three, including Scott, while the Democratic field remained at two. Sole Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie is headed directly to the general election, along with nine write-ins and three candidates with no stated party affiliation.[12]


See also: United States Senate elections in Florida, 2012

Blass ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Florida. Blass sought the nomination on the Independent ticket.[13] The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was June 8, 2012. The primary elections were held on August 14, 2012. He was defeated in the general election on November 6, 2012 by incumbent Bill Nelson.[14]

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012, detailing the eight races in the Senate in 2012 that would decide the political fate of which party would end up with control in 2013.[15] The Senate seat in Florida was the toss up state ranked second in likelihood of ending up Democratic, behind New Mexico's Senate seat.[15] Incumbent Bill Nelson's mediocre approval rating was the reasoning behind the "toss-up" classification of the Senate seat, but Nelson was expected to gain Democratic support in time for the election in 2012.[15] Nelson was also expected to face significant opposition from Connie Mack, U.S. representative from the 14th District, in the general election on November 6, 2012.[15]

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  1. Florida Division of Elections, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election," June 20, 2014
  2. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 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 Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 12, 2012
  7. The Sun Sentinel, "Charlie Christ Announces Candidacy For Florida's Governor, As A Democrat," November 4, 2013
  8. Politico, "Ex-GOP Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist to run for job as Democrat," November 1, 2013
  9. The Daily Caller, "Charlie Crist briefly visits with Democratic Governors Association," January 9, 2013
  10. The Hill, "Charlie Crist joins Democratic party ahead of gubernatorial election," December 8, 2012
  11. Florida Division of Elections, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election - Governor," accessed October 7, 2013
  12. Florida Division of Elections, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election - Governor," accessed July 22, 2014
  13. Jackson County Times, "Two Jackson County Natives Vie for U.S. Senate Seat," accessed January 5, 2012
  14. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Center for Politics, "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" accessed April 9, 2012