Florida Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

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Florida Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Race rating: Toss-up

Incumbents prior to election:
Rick Scott Republican Party
Carlos Lopez-Cantera Republican Party
Gov. Rick Scott
Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Florida State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
Governor/Lt. GovernorAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Agriculture Commissioner

Current trifecta for Republicans
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State executive offices in Florida
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The Florida gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election will be held on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Rick Scott (R) is eligible to run for re-election and began making plans for his campaign as early as May of 2012.[1]

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.

Under Article IV of the Florida Constitution, gubernatorial nominees are required to select running mates for the general election. Running mates are listed in order of "Governor/Lieutenant Governor."[5]

General election

Republican Party Rick Scott/Carlos Lopez-Cantera - Incumbents
Democratic Party Charlie Crist/Annette Taddeo-Goldstein[6]
Libertarian Party Adrian Wyllie/Greg Roe[7][8]
Independent (No Party Affiliation) Glenn Burkett/Jose Augusto Matos
Independent (No Party Affiliation) Farid Khavari/Lateresa Jones[9]
Independent (Write-in) Piotr Blass/Bob Wirengard
Independent (Write-in) Timothy Devine/Diane Smith
Independent (Write-in) Emelia Harris/Georgianna Harris
Independent (Write-in) Monroe Lee/Juanita Lockett
Independent (Write-in) Charles Tolbert/Christine Timmon

Lost in the Democratic primary

Democratic Party Nan Rich[10]

Lost in the Republican primary

Republican Party Yinka Adeshina[5]
Republican Party Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder - Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce President[11]

Lieutenant Gubernatorial Candidates

Race background

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

A report released by Governing in Dec. 2012 named Scott as one of five governors considered vulnerable to losing re-election in 2014.[13]

One potential threat to his re-election is former governor and attorney general Charlie Crist. Although he has yet to declare, Crist's recent decision to change his party registration to Democrat and subsequent hobnobbing with the Democratic Governors Association strongly suggest he is preparing for a return bid.[14] 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.[15] In June 2013, former Florida Senator Nan Rich became the first Democrat in the race.


Hypothetical match-up polls

Rich vs. Scott

Governor of Florida Hypothetical Match-Up Poll
Poll Nan Rich (D) Rick Scott (R)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll
(June 11-16, 2013)
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.

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
Quinnipiac University Poll
(June 11-16, 2013)
AVERAGES 47.55% 35.55% 12.4% 4.5% +/-3.18 989
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.

See also

External links

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  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. 5.0 5.1 Florida Division of Elections, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election," September 12, 2014
  6. Bay News, "A year away, Gov. Scott, Dems prep for next governor's race," July 16, 2012
  7. 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
  8. Adrian Wyllie for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Meet Greg Roe," accessed August 18, 2014
  9. Farid Khavari for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed November 4, 2013
  10. Miami Herald, "State Sen. Nan Rich will run for governor in 2014," April 16, 2012 (dead link)
  11. Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder on Facebook, "Timeline," accessed October 2, 2013
  12. The Orlando Sentinel, "Democrat Charlie Crist turns to South Florida for a running mate," July 17, 2014
  13. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  14. The Daily Caller, "Charlie Crist briefly visits with Democratic Governors Association," January 9, 2013
  15. The Hill, "Charlie Crist joins Democratic party ahead of gubernatorial election," December 8, 2012