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Rick Scott
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Governor of Florida
In office
January 4, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 2019
Years in position 4
PredecessorCharlie Crist
Base salary$130,273
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$67,488,953
Term limits2 consecutive terms
Bachelor'sUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City
J.D.Southern Methodist University
Date of birthDecember 1, 1952
Place of birthBloomington, Illinois
ProfessionHealth care executive, lawyer
Office website
Campaign website
Rick Scott (b. December 1, 1952, in Bloomington, Illinois) is the current Republican Governor of Florida. He was first elected in 2010 on a joint ticket with former lieutenant governor Jennifer Carroll. Scott won a narrow and closely watched contest with Florida's Democratic CFO, Alex Sink, in the general election on November 2, 2010.[1] He was sworn into office on January 4, 2011, and is now serving his second term in office.

Before becoming governor, Scott ran Solantic Corporation, a network of Florida urgent care centers, which he co-founded in 2001. From 1997 to 2001, he owned a controlling share in America's Health Network, a media company later known as Discovery Health. He headed Columbia Hospital Corporation, a conglomeration of 340 hospitals, from its founding in 1987 to 1997.[1]

Scott ran successfully for re-election as governor on November 4, 2014.[2] Beginning in late 2012, Scott was rated one of the most vulnerable gubernatorial incumbents of the 2014 election cycle.[3][4] Scott's preexisting concerns about re-election were compounded by the re-emergence of former Republican governor and state attorney general Charlie Crist. After a brief stint as an Independent, Crist's switch to the Democratic Party in early 2013 signaled ominously to the Scott campaign that the veteran politician was preparing a comeback bid. Polls projected an extremely close contest between Scott and Crist, who were both nominated in the August 26 primary. Indeed, the race came down to the wire on election night before Scott was declared the victor by a margin of less than 1.5 percent.[5][6]

An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Scott as the 20th most conservative governor in the country.[7]


Scott was born in Illinois, near Bloomington. He grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, where his parents worked as a truck driver and a secretary for J.C. Penney. After high school, Scott spent one year in community college before deciding to join the U.S. Navy.[1]

He served for two and one-half years, much of that time spent abroad the U.S.S. Glover as a radar technician. Upon leaving the service, Scott attended the University of Missouri and went on to law school in SMU. He began his business career while in college, when he bought and revitalized two doughnut shops. After law school he joined Johnson & Swanson in Dallas, Texas; at the time, the firm was the largest in the city.[1]

While a partner at Johnson & Swanson in 1987, Scott formed HCA Acquisition Company specifically to acquire Hospital Corporation of America and secured funding conditional on completing the acquisition. The initial offer was declined by HCA and ultimately withdrawn.[1]

The next year, he formed Columbia Hospital Corporation and successfully acquired several Dallas area hospitals. Beginning in 1992, Scott and his partners bought a hospital a year for four years, including HCA, his former target. By 1997, Columbia/HCA was the largest healthcare provider on the glove, with annual revenues exceeding $23 billion.[1]

But by then, an investigation begun by the New York Times had caught the eye of the federal government. The federal investigation uncovered evidence of fraud and the company ultimately paid $1.7 billion in fines. Scott's departure from the company was part of the arrangement to avoid criminal charges. Scott relocated to Naples, Florida and founded Richard L. Scott Investments. Starting in 1998, the firm acquired numerous targets.


  • Southern Methodist University, J.D.
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City

Political career

Governor of Florida (2011-Present)

Scott was elected Governor of Florida in 2010 on a ticket with Jennifer Carroll and took office the following January. He was re-elected in 2014 and began his second term on January 6, 2015.


Firing of Gerald Bailey

Gov. Rick Scott has attracted scrutiny, criticism within his own party and a lawsuit following his removal of state Department of Law Enforcement head Gerald Bailey on December 16, 2014. The governor's office first responded to questions about Bailey's removal on January 13, 2015, by indicating that the former department head made the decision to resign. On January 28, Scott stated that Bailey was asked to step down voluntarily and complied with the request. Scott's advisors told the press in early February that Bailey had been instructed to prepare his successor, Rick Swearingen, as his replacement for an undisclosed resignation date. Bailey, who had served in the office for eight years, refuted these differing stories by the Scott administration, noting that "when the governor's office gives you until 3 o'clock to resign, you're not working out anything with your successor." A Miami Herald profile of Scott advisor Melissa Sellers on February 7 indicated that Sellers pushed for Bailey's removal due to disagreements over Scott's discussions of law enforcement in his 2014 campaign.[8][9]

Criticism by cabinet members

The head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reports not only to the governor but three other constitutional officers: the Florida Attorney General, the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and the Florida Chief Financial Officer. All three offices are held by Republicans but Scott's fellow party members criticized his actions. Attorney General Pam Bondi has stated that she believes Bailey's removal was handled by Scott's staff without his knowledge and indicated that the state's "sunshine laws" might have been violated. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam offered pointed criticism of Scott's actions by suggesting that Scott worked behind the scenes to add an ally in the department. Putnam and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater raised these concerns at a February 5 meeting of the governor's cabinet, which led to revelations that aides were holding substantive policy discussions covered by state open-records laws.[10][11]

In their own words

  • Pam Bondi: "We all knew there were going to be changes made in the upcoming months, but did I know that Jerry Bailey was going to be told he was fired and have his things packed up, his entire life as a career law enforcement officer in a cardboard box, and be told to be out of the office before the end of the day? Absolutely not. Nor do I believe the governor knew it."
  • Adam Putnam: "At best, you would say that there was a great miscommunication, but we were misled as to the timing and the process of how that would be handled. . . . Jerry Bailey's a fine man. He served our state very well, and the way he was treated at the end of his distinguished career was shabby."
  • Jeff Atwater: "I was not aware of any discontent. There was none between myself and the commissioner. I was not aware of any others. I was not aware of any other friction that existed. To that extent, I have to accept my share of responsibility."[10]
  • Rick Scott: "Jerry Bailey was given the opportunity to step down. He did. He was given that opportunity, and then he waited until after Rick Swearingen was confirmed by the entire Cabinet and made his attacks. The attacks against me are absolutely untrue, and they're ridiculous."[10]

On February 3, 2015, the Florida Society of News Editors, the Associated Press and attorney Matthew Weidner filed a lawsuit against Scott, Putnam, Atwater and Bondi alleging violations of the state's open-records laws. The lawsuit argues that:

The governor violated the Sunshine Law by using conduits to engage in polling, discussions, communications and other exchanges with other members of the Cabinet regarding his unilateral decision to force the resignation of the FDLE commissioner and appoint a replacement without any notice to the public, without any opportunity for the public to attend, and without any minutes being taken. [12]

Miami Herald, (2015) [13]

Weidner and the other parties in the lawsuit want a state judge to clarify whether open-records laws were broken and force the Scott administration to be more transparent with their meetings. The February 3rd lawsuit coincided with a letter by First Amendment Foundation founder Barbara Petersen to Bondi requesting a special prosecutor to investigate the situation. Petersen objected to a potential investigation by state attorney Willie Meggs, who she noted has previously been a dinner guest at the governor's mansion. Meggs rejected a request by Weidner to investigate the Scott administration prior to the lawsuit.[13]


Response to the 2014 illegal immigration surge
See also: 2014 illegal immigration surge

In response to the 2014 illegal immigration surge, Scott wrote a letter to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Health and Human Services Secretary. Scott complained about the lack of a system of notification to communities in place for when immigrants were placed there with sponsors or relatives.[14]

Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")

On February 20, 2013, Scott joined the growing group of reluctant Republican governors to declare his support for Medicaid expansion as outlined under the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as "Obamacare."[15] The controversial federal health care reform bill was passed in March 2010 to the dismay of many Republican elected officials, Scott included, whose disapproval crystallized into a legal effort to have the law overturned by the Supreme Court. The challenge was led by Scott's executive branch colleague, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. When the Court ultimately upheld Obamacare on June 28, 2012, Scott expressed his commitment to shun optional provisions such as expanding Florida's Medicaid rolls. But the prospect of having to put 3.5 million Florida patients into managed care plans under a federal action waiver convinced him to agree to a three year trial period for expansion, during which the federal government can absorb the costs of adding 1 million low-income Florida residents to the state's Medicaid rolls. "Three years is a reasonable period to judge just how well the expansion is working and to explore further reforms to improve cost, quality and access in health care -- both in the public and private markets."[16]

In Scott's appeal to the Republican-dominated Florida legislature to consent to a three year trial expansion, he pointed to the estimated $26 billion federal dollars Florida could receive in the next 10 years under the expansion. He also appealed to their sense of compassion, citing the significant portion of uninsured Florida residents who stood to become eligible for medicaid under the new requirements. Reversing his position on the expansion "is not a white flag of surrender to government-run health care," Scott insisted.[16]

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals, which ranked 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation records, Scott was ranked number 12. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.[17][18]

Trey Radel arrested for cocaine possession
See also: Trey Radel

Florida's 19th Congressional District Rep. Trey Radel (R) was arrested in the District of Columbia on October 29, 2013, for possession of cocaine. He was officially charged on November 19, 2013, in D.C. Superior Court with misdemeanor possession of cocaine.[19][20] On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, Radel plead guilty to possession of cocaine. He was sentenced to one year of supervised probation.[19][21][22]

Scott called for Radel to resign on November 26, 2013. In a statement he said, "I agree with the party chairman. Look, Trey's going through some hard times. My prayers and my wife's prayers are with his family, but we have to hold all of our elected officials to the highest standard."[23]

On The Issues Vote Match

Rick Scott's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the analysis, Scott is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative.[24] Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.

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See also: Florida gubernatorial election, 2014

Scott ran for re-election in 2014.[25][26][27] Scott secured the Republican nomination in the primary on August 26, 2014. Scott ran on the GOP ticket with Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera in the general election. They defeated the Democratic ticket of Charlie Crist and Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, the Libertarian ticket of Adrian Wyllie and Greg Roe, as well as seven other unaffiliated and write-in tickets to win the general election on November 4, 2014.


Primary election
Governor of Florida, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRick Scott Incumbent 87.6% 831,887
Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder 10.6% 100,496
Yinka Adeshina 1.8% 16,761
Total Votes 949,144
Election Results via Florida Division of Elections.
General election
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Florida, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Scott/Carlos Lopez-Cantera Incumbent 48.1% 2,865,343
     Democratic Charlie Crist/Annette Taddeo-Goldstein 47.1% 2,801,198
     Libertarian Adrian Wyllie/Greg Roe 3.8% 223,356
     No Party Affiliation Glenn Burkett/Jose Augusto Matos 0.7% 41,341
     No Party Affiliation Farid Khavari/Lateresa Jones 0.3% 20,186
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0% 137
Total Votes 5,951,561
Election Results via Florida Division of Elections.

Race background

Republican incumbent Rick Scott was re-elected to a second term as governor in 2014. Sources such as Governing, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, The Cook Political Report, The Washington Post and Daily Kos had rated Scott among the most vulnerable governors of the electoral cycle.[28][29][30][31][32] Polls projected an extremely close contest between Scott and his prime contender, former Republican Governor Charlie Crist, who became a Democrat before mounting his comeback bid against Scott. Indeed, the race came down to the wire on election night.[33]

Education debate

Charlie Crist and Rick Scott sparred over education funding as the primary election transitioned into a general election. Prior to the Republican primary, Scott announced that he would boost per-pupil spending to record levels if re-elected in November. The governor's office published a statement promising an increase in per-pupil funding to $7,132 per student for the 2016 fiscal year, which would surpass the $7,126 per student rate passed during Crist's first year as governor in 2007. He cited improving job figures in his office's optimistic outlook on public education financing.[34]

Crist toured the state in a school bus in August in order to highlight cuts in public education since Scott won election. He noted that the governor facilitated $1.3 billion in education cuts during the 2012 fiscal year.[34] Crist stated on his campaign website that he would push public schools and their partners to reach the top 10 percent of schools globally as measured by reading, math and science scores by 2020.[35]

Ad spending, influence

The Scott vs. Crist election battle played out largely through television ads during the general election. Whether sponsored internally or produced and aired under the auspices of independent expenditures, the commercials were predominantly negative, with each candidate and his outside backers barring no holds to disgrace the other before Florida's electorate of active television viewers.

In late September, Scott upped the ante on media spending for the race by sinking an additional $8 million on television commercials, next to Crist's roughly $5.5 million ad-buy increase on current and future spots. Already a wallet-shattering sum, those ad-buys put the total amount spent on behalf of the two frontrunners' marketing campaigns past the $50 million mark. Scott was responsible for 71 percent, or over $35 million, of this pot, far eclipsing contributions from Crist and his supporters. The incumbent's standing in the race remained precarious during the marketing blitz, but polls conducted during this stage indicated a slight improvement for Scott. These marginal gains invited comparisons to his road from virtual no-name to victory back in 2010, which was attributed in large part to a massive emphasis on TV commercials.[36]

A September 23 article in The Miami Herald pointed out that a candidate's on-air presence does not guarantee success in an election, although Florida's media-marketing landscape is such that a candidate who neglects television altogether is almost guaranteed to fail. "If TV ads decided the governor’s race, Scott would win in a landslide," the article stated.[36]

Primary races

In June 2013, ex-Florida Sen. Nan Rich became the first Democratic candidate in the race. She was later joined by former Florida Gov. and newly-minted Democrat Charlie Crist. Crist's candidacy loomed heavy over Scott's re-election campaign, according to match-up and approval polls dating back as far as May 2012.[37][38][39]

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.[40]

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.[41] When the filing window finally closed on June 20, 2014, the number had dropped to 18 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.[42]

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 advance. 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.[43]

In January, Scott appointed Carlos Lopez-Cantera as Florida's new lieutenant governor, ending an extended vacancy in the office that began with former-Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll's March 2013 resignation 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.[44]

Scott and Cantera-Lopez were elected governor and lieutenant governor on a joint ticket in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Debate media

October 15 debate

October 21 debate
October 21 debate

Rick Scott (R) and Charlie Crist (D) leveled sharp criticisms against each other during the race's final debate carried live on CNN. The race received significant attention for an earlier debate where Scott refused to join Crist on stage due to the Democratic candidate's use of a fan. Scott and Crist displayed their acrimonious relationship during the CNN debate by sparring over personal finances. Scott argued that Crist's privileged upbringing meant that he could not relate to low-income families. Crist countered that Scott was not qualified to make such a statement given his substantial wealth.[45]

The most interesting exchange of the night came after a question regarding the governor's role in signing execution orders. Crist accused Scott of delaying the execution of a death-row inmate this year to accommodate the fundraising schedule of Attorney General Pam Bondi (R). Scott responded that he did shift the date of the order because the proposed execution dates did not work for Bondi and stated that she apologized for the delay. He did not answer repeated questions about whether he knew the delay was due to a fundraising event.[46]


General election
Crist vs. Scott vs. Wyllie

Florida Governor Three-way match-up
Poll Charlie Crist (D) Rick Scott* (R)Adrian Wyllie (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
July 17-21, 2014
Cherry (R-Florida Chamber of Commerce)
August 10-13, 2014
Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Bob Graham Center
August 27-31, 2014
Public Policy Polling
September 4-7, 2014
September 23-15, 2014
Quinnipiac University
September 17-22, 2014
September 19-22, 2014
New York Times/CBS/YouGov
September 20-October 1, 2014
Public Policy Polling
October 3-4, 2014
University of North Florida
September 29-October 8, 2014
University of Florida
October 7-12, 2014
October 9-13, 2014
St. Pete Polls
October 17, 2014
Quinnipiac University
October 14-20, 2014
Quinnipiac University
October 22-27, 2014
AVERAGES 41.09% 41.79% 6.83% 8.63% +/-3.34 1,230.2
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.

**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)
Major party candidates

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
June 20-23, 2014
Gravis Marketing
June 20-23, 2014
June 30-7/2
July 17-21, 2014
Quinnipiac University
July 17-21, 2014
Rasmussen Reports Poll
July 29-30
July 31-August 4, 2014
Rasmussen Reports Poll
September 8-10, 2014
Rasmussen Reports
October 15-17, 2014
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
October 16-23, 2014
Gravis Marketing
October 22-24, 2014
AVERAGES 42.83% 42.58% 9.58% +/-3.09 1,259
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.

**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)
Hypothetical general election match-ups (May 2012 - June 2014)
Crist vs. Scott

Crist vs. Scott (January 2014 - June 2014)
Poll Charlie Crist (D) Rick Scott* (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
University of Florida Poll
January 27-February 1, 2014
University of North Florida
March 6-16, 2014
Sunshine State News/VSS
March 31-April 3, 2014
SurveyUSA Poll
April 10-24, 2014
Mason Dixon Poll
April 15-22, 2014
Rasmussen Reports Poll
April 21-22, 2014
Quinnipiac University
April 23-28, 2014
News Channel 8/Survey USA Poll
April 30, 2014
Gravis Marketing
April 23-25, 2014
McLaughlin (R-American Future Fund)
May 4-6, 2014
May 9-12, 2014
May 20-22, 2014
Saint Leo University
May 28-June 4, 2014
Public Policy Poll
June 4-9, 2014
June 5-10, 2014
AVERAGES 42.8% 40.87% 11.53% +/-3.67 553.6
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.

**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)

Crist vs. Scott (May 2012 - January 2014)
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
Public Policy Poll
September 27-29, 2013
University of Florida Poll
September 30-October 8, 2013
Cherry Communication/Florida Chamber of Commerce Poll
October 4-8, 2013
Quinnipiac University Poll
November 12-17, 2013
Saint Leo Polling Institute Poll of Likely voters
December 1-8, 2013
Fabrizio McLaughlin & Associates Poll (Internal, leaked)
November 24-26, 2013
Public Policy Poll
January 16-21, 2014
Quinnipiac University Poll
January 22-27, 2014
AVERAGES 47.01% 38.41% 13.08% 2.3% +/-3.8 863.9
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.

**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)
Hypothetical general election match-ups (June 2013 - April 2014)
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)
Public Policy Poll
(September 27-29, 2013)
University of Florida Poll
(September 30-October 8, 2013)
Cherry Communication/Florida Chamber of Commerce Poll
(October 4-8, 2013)
Quinnipiac University Poll
(November 12-17, 2013)
Public Policy Poll
(January 16-21, 2014)
Quinnipiac University
(January 22-27, 2014)
University of Florida
(January 27-February 1, 2014)
Saint Leo University
(March 16-19, 2014)
Quinnipiac University
(April 23-28, 2014)
AVERAGES 33.9% 40.9% 20.4% +/-3.56 952.1
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.

**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)

Campaign media

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


See also: Florida gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Scott won election as Governor of Florida in 2010. He defeated Bill McCollum and Mike McAllister in the August 24 primary, winning with 46.41 percent of the vote.

Scott faced Democrat Alex Sink in the general election on November 2, 2010, winning by just over 1 percent.[47]

Florida Gubernatorial/Lt. Gubernatorial General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Scott/Jennifer Carroll 48.9% 2,619,335
     Democratic Alex Sink/Rod Smith 47.7% 2,557,785
     Independent Peter L. Allen/John E. Zanni 2.3% 123,831
     No Party Affiliation C.C. Reed/Larry Waldo, Sr. 0.4% 18,842
     No Party Affiliation Michael E. Arth/Al Krulick 0.3% 18,644
     No Party Affiliation Daniel Imperato/Karl Behm 0.3% 13,690
     No Party Affiliation Farid Khavari/Darcy C. Richardson 0.1% 7,487
     Write-in Josue Larouse/Valencia St. Louis 0% 121
Total Votes 5,359,735
Election Results via Florida Department of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Scott is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Scott raised a total of $67,488,953 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[48]

Rick Scott's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Governor of Florida Not up for election $0
2010 Governor of Florida Won $67,488,953
Grand Total Raised $67,488,953


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Rick Scott & Jennifer Carroll's donors each year.[49] Click [show] for more information.


Scott and his wife Ann have three children and live in Naples, Florida. He and Ann have been married since 1972; the two met in high school.[1]

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Charlie Crist (I)
Governor of Florida
2011 - present
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