Florida Attorney General election, 2014

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Florida Attorney General Election

Primary Date:
August 26, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Pam Bondi Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Pam Bondi Republican Party
Pam Bondi.jpg

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The Florida Attorney General election took place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R) was first elected in 2010 and sought a second term in 2014. She won another four-year term by defeating Democratic candidate George Sheldon and Libertarian Party candidate Bill Wohlsifer in the general election.

Bondi, Sheldon and Wohlsifer participated in a debate on October 6 summarized here that focused on their thoughts on medical marijuana and same-sex marriage. The past three elections for the attorney general's office went to Republican candidates, as shown in the past elections section.

Florida is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[1][2][3] The primary took place on August 26.


General election

Republican Party Pam Bondi - Incumbent Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party George Sheldon - Former Florida Department of Children and Families secretary[4]
Libertarian Party Bill Wohlsifer - Attorney[5][6]

Lost in the Democratic primary

Democratic Party Perry Thurston - State Representative[7]


General election

Attorney General of Florida, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPam Bondi Incumbent 55.1% 3,222,524
     Democratic George Sheldon 42% 2,457,317
     Libertarian Bill Wohlsifer 2.9% 169,394
Total Votes 5,849,235
Election Results via Florida Division of Elections.

Primary election

Democratic primary

Florida Attorney General, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Sheldon 60.7% 457,811
Perry Thurston 39.3% 296,907
Total Votes 754,718
Election Results via Florida Division of Elections.

Republican primary



Debate media

October 6 debate
October 6 debate

Pam Bondi (R), George Sheldon (D) and Bill Wohlsifer (L) discussed their positions on medical marijuana and same-sex marriage and during a debate hosted by Tampa Bay News 9. A question about Amendment 2, a ballot measure that would allow medical marijuana in the state, divided the candidates into different camps. Bondi opposes Amendment 2 due to concerns about the legitimacy of medical marijuana prescriptions given recent action by the state against doctors providing unnecessary prescriptions through "pill mills." Sheldon criticized detractors like Bondi for drumming up hysterical criticisms of Amendment 2, while Wohlsifer argued that the measure should provide greater freedom for marijuana use.[8]

The debate brought up the United States Supreme Court decision to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Bondi did not provide a clear stance on same-sex marriage, stating that her office had only received the court decision hours before the debate. Sheldon argued that Bondi should not defend the state's ban, saying that the government should "get out of the business of telling people who they can love."[8]


Governor of Florida Hypothetical Match-Up Poll
Poll Pam Bondi* (R) George Sheldon (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Poll
January 16-21, 2014
Gravis Marketing
April 23-25, 2014
AVERAGES 41% 36% 20% +/-4.65 749
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 editor@ballotpedia.org.

Past elections


Attorney General of Florida, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPam Bondi 54.8% 2,882,868
     Democratic Dan Gelber 41.4% 2,181,377
     Nonpartisan Jim Lewis 3.8% 199,147
Total Votes 5,263,392
Election Results via Florida Department of State


Attorney General of Florida, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill McCollum 52.7% 2,448,008
     Democratic Walter "Skip" Campbell 47.3% 2,197,959
Total Votes 4,645,967
Election Results via Florida Department of State


Attorney General of Florida, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharlie Crist 53.4% 2,636,616
     Democratic Buddy Dyer 46.6% 2,299,149
Total Votes 4,935,765
Election Results via Florida Department of State

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
June 20, 2014 Filing deadline
August 26, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election
November 18, 2014 State Election Canvassing Commission meets to certify official results
January 6, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election

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