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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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 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.[2][3][4]


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.

Note: Running mates shown in parenthesis

Democratic Primary Candidates

Republican Primary Candidates

Third Party and Write-in candidates


Lieutenant Gubernatorial Candidates


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.[13][14][15][16]

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. [17][18][19]

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.[20]

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.[21] 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.[22]


Crist vs. Scott

Crist vs. Scott (June 2014 - present)
Poll Charlie Crist (D) Rick Scott* (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Cherry (R-Florida Chamber of Commerce)
June 11, 2014
38%41%21%+/-3.5806
SurveyUSA/WFLA-TV
June 20-23, 2014
41%42%8%+/-3.5541
Gravis Marketing
June 20-23, 2014
39%41%15%+/-3.01,232
Survey USA/WFLA-TV
June 30-7/2
43%45%5%+/-3.4558
AVERAGES 40.25% 42.25% 12.25% +/-3.35 784.25
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

English-language campaign ads


Navy - Posted to YouTube 4/16/14

Ran Away - Posted to YouTube 4/24/14

Grandpa - Posted to YouTube 5/16/14

Spanish-language campaign ads


Oportunidad, Scott's 1st Spanish-language campaign ad - Posted to YouTube 4/21/14

Nos Abandonó, Spanish-language version of Ran Away- Posted to YouTube 5/6/14
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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. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  5. Miami Herald, "State Sen. Nan Rich will run for governor in 2014," April 16, 2012
  6. Bay News, "A year away, Gov. Scott, Dems prep for next governor's race," July 16, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Florida Division of Elections, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election," June 20, 2014
  8. Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder on Facebook, "Timeline," accessed October 2, 2013
  9. Farid Khavari for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed November 4, 2013
  10. 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
  11. The Orlando Sentinel, "Democrat Charlie Crist turns to South Florida for a running mate," July 17, 2014
  12. Politifact.com, "Alexander Snitker's file," accessed February 22, 2013
  13. University of Virginia Center for Politics: Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2013-2014 Gubernatorial Races," April 29, 2013
  14. The Washington Post, "The Fix's top gubernatorial races," September 27, 2013
  15. Daily Kos, "Daily Kos Elections gubernatorial race ratings: Initial ratings for 2013-14," October 6, 2013
  16. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 12, 2012
  17. The Sun Sentinel, "Charlie Christ Announces Candidacy For Florida's Governor, As A Democrat," November 4, 2013
  18. Politico, "Ex-GOP Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist to run for job as Democrat," November 1, 2013
  19. The Daily Caller, "Charlie Crist briefly visits with Democratic Governors Association," January 9, 2013
  20. The Hill, "Charlie Crist joins Democratic party ahead of gubernatorial election," December 8, 2012
  21. Florida Division of Elections, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election - Governor," accessed October 7, 2013
  22. Florida Division of Elections, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election - Governor," accessed July 22, 2014