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Florida gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

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Florida Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Rick Scott Republican Party
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Florida State Executive Elections
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Governor Lieutenant GovernorAttorney General
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Treasurer, Agriculture Commissioner

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The Florida gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election will be held on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Governor Rick Scott (R) is eligible to run for re-election and began making plans for his campaign as early as May of 2012.[1] The office of lieutenant governor is currently vacant following the resignation of Scott's 2010 running-mate, Jennifer Carroll.

Florida has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in a primary election is limited to registered members of that party.


Gubernatorial Candidates

Note: The following list of candidates is not official and will continue to be updated until the 2014 candidate filing deadline. Candidates will be added as we come across them prior to the deadline. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

Potential Democratic candidates

Potential Republican candidates

Potential Libertarian candidates

Potential Third Party and Independent candidates


Lieutenant Gubernatorial Candidates


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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.[15][16][17][18]

One potential threat to Scott winning a second term is the candidacy of former governor and newly minted Democrat Charlie Crist, who finally launched his long-anticipated campaign on Nov. 4, 2013.[19][20][21] Crist was a Republican until 2010 when he re-registered as an Independent in order to stay in the race after Republican voters chose Marco Rubio over him in the primary, and his latest party makeover has been widely interpreted as a strategic maneuver aimed at helping him unseat Scott in 2014.[22] In June 2013, ex-Florida Sen. Nan Rich became the first Democrat in the race, and has since been joined by a slew of other lesser-known hopefuls, mostly from third parties; There are currently over twenty active candidates gunning for Scott's job.[23]


Crist vs. Scott

Governor Florida Hypothetical Match-Up Poll
Poll Charlie Crist (D) Rick Scott* (R)Don't Know/RefusedOtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Florida Opinion Research
May 23–25, 2012
48.1%34.1%12.8%5.0%+/-3.46802
Quinnipiac University Poll
(June 11-16, 2013)
47%37%12%4%+/-2.91,176
Public Policy Poll
(September 27-29, 2013)
50%38%12%0%+/-4.1579
University of Florida Poll
(September 30-October 8, 2013)
44%40%14%2%+/-4.27526
Cherry Communication/Florida Chamber of Commerce Poll
(October 4-8, 2013)
46%41%13%0%+/-4.0618
Quinnipiac University Poll
(November 12-17, 2013)
47%40%14%8%+/-2.41,464
Saint Leo Polling Institute Poll of Likely voters
(December 1-8, 2013)
46%34%20%0%+/-5.0318
Fabrizio McLaughlin & Associates Poll (Internal, leaked)
(November 24-26, 2013)
49%45%6%0%+/-3.11,000
Public Policy Poll
(January 16-21, 2014)
43%41%15%0%+/-6.3591
AVERAGES 46.68% 38.9% 13.2% 2.11% +/-3.95 786
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

Rich vs. Scott

Governor of Florida Hypothetical Match-Up Poll
Poll Nan Rich (D) Rick Scott* (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll
(June 11-16, 2013)
36%42%18%+/-2.91,176
Public Policy Poll
(September 27-29, 2013)
36%37%27%+/-4.1579
University of Florida Poll
(September 30-October 8, 2013)
28%43%27%+/-4.27526
Cherry Communication/Florida Chamber of Commerce Poll
(October 4-8, 2013)
29%40%31%+/-4.0618
Quinnipiac University Poll
(November 12-17, 2013)
35%43%14%+/-2.41,646
Public Policy Poll
(January 16-21, 2014)
34%40%25%0%+/-6.3591
AVERAGES 33% 40.83% 23.67% +/-4 856
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


Campaign media

Rick Scott


"Navy" - Posted to YouTube 4/16/2014

See also

External links

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References

  1. News-Press.com, "Florida parties already prepping for 2014 gubernatorial race," May 20, 2012
  2. Miami Herald, "State Sen. Nan Rich will run for governor in 2014," April 16, 2012
  3. Bay News, "A year away, Gov. Scott, Dems prep for next governor's race," July 16, 2012
  4. Broward Palm Beach New Times, ""The Hallmark Kid" Ryan Lipner: Running for Governor, Taken Seriously," accessed August 16, 2013
  5. Facebook Page for Marcelle Martelly, "Timeline," accessed October 2, 2013
  6. Twitter, "Jessica Stewart Twitter feed," accessed August 16, 2013
  7. The Miami Herald, "Marc Caputo: Bill Nelson for governor could endanger Charlie Crist, U.S. Senate seat and Democrats," November 17, 2013
  8. Politico, "Bill Nelson: Charlie Crist 'trouble' could spur run for governor," November 19, 2013
  9. Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder on Facebook, "Timeline," accessed October 2, 2013
  10. Florida Division of Elections, "Candidate Tracking System - 2014 General Election," accessed October 10, 2013
  11. Independent Political Report, "Adrian Wyllie Announces Run for Florida Governor as LP candidate: One of the First to Do So," February 7, 2013, accessed June 26, 2013
  12. Florida Division of Elections, "Candidate Tracking System 2014 General Election," accessed October 10, 2013
  13. Farid Khavari for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed November 4, 2013
  14. Politifact.com, "Alexander Snitker's file," accessed February 22, 2013
  15. University of Virginia Center for Politics: Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2013-2014 Gubernatorial Races," April 29, 2013
  16. The Washington Post, "The Fix's top gubernatorial races," September 27, 2013
  17. Daily Kos, "Daily Kos Elections gubernatorial race ratings: Initial ratings for 2013-14," October 6, 2013
  18. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 12, 2012
  19. The Sun Sentinel, "Charlie Christ Announces Candidacy For Florida's Governor, As A Democrat," November 4, 2014
  20. Politico, "Ex-GOP Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist to run for job as Democrat," November 1, 2013
  21. The Daily Caller, "Charlie Crist briefly visits with Democratic Governors Association," January 9, 2013
  22. The Hill, "Charlie Crist joins Democratic party ahead of gubernatorial election," December 8, 2012
  23. Florida Division of Elections, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election - Governor," accessed October 7, 2013