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]

Elections

2014

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.

Race background

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. Crist's candidacy looms most threateningly over Scott's re-election campaign, according to match-up and approval polls dating back as far as May 2012.[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 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.[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 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.[11] When the filing window finally closed on June 20, 2014, the number had dropped to—a still crowded—eighteen 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.[12]

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 advanced. 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.[13]

Scott appointed Carlos Lopez-Cantera to replace resigned Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll in January 2014, over nine months after she resigned from office 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.[14]

The governor and lieutenant governor will be elected on a joint ticket in the general election on November 4, 2014.


2012

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.[15] 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.[16]

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.[17] The Senate seat in Florida was the toss up state ranked second in likelihood of ending up Democratic, behind New Mexico's Senate seat.[17] 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.[17] 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.[17]

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References

  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. 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
  14. My Florida - Election Watch, "2014 Primary, Unofficial Election Night Results," accessed August 26, 2014
  15. Jackson County Times, "Two Jackson County Natives Vie for U.S. Senate Seat," accessed January 5, 2012
  16. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Center for Politics, "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" accessed April 9, 2012