Florida gubernatorial election, 2010

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Florida gubernatorial election, 2010
Florida
2006 ←
November 2, 2010
→ 2014

  Rick Scott official portrait.jpg Alex Sink.png
Nominee Rick Scott Alex Sink
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Jennifer Carroll Rod Smith
Popular vote 2,619,335 2,557,785
Percentage 48.87 47.72

Florida 2010 Gubernatorial Election.svg

Election results by county

Governor before election

Charlie Crist
Independent

Elected Governor

Rick Scott
Republican

The 2010 Florida gubernatorial election took place on November 2, 2010. Republican-turned-independent incumbent Governor Charlie Crist chose not to run for a second term and instead ran for the Senate seat vacated by Mel Martinez.[1] This resulted in an open race for Governor of Florida. Republican Rick Scott narrowly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in the general election.

Candidates[edit]

Republican[edit]

Democratic[edit]

Independence Party of Florida[edit]

  • Peter L. Allen, electrical inspector

No party affiliation[edit]

  • Michael E. Arth, policy analyst and urban designer who entered the race as a Democrat in June 2009 and later switched to no party affiliation in June 2010
  • Farid Khavari, economist, author, and small business owner
  • Daniel Imperato[2]
  • Calvin Clarence "C.C." Reed

Primary results[edit]

Democratic[edit]

Democratic primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alex Sink 663,802 76.9%
Democratic Brian Moore 199,896 23.1%
Totals 863,698 100%

Republican[edit]

Republican primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rick Scott 595,474 46.4%
Republican Bill McCollum 557,427 43.4%
Republican Mike McCalister 130,056 10.1%
Totals 1,282,957 100%

Campaign[edit]

The race was dominated by the two major party candidates and spending on their behalf. By the October 25, 2010 Tampa debate between Scott and Sink, Scott had spent $60 million of his own money on the campaign compared to Sink's $28 million.[4] Total campaign expenditure for the race exceeded $100 million, far exceeding any previous spending for a governor's race in Florida.[5]

Polling[edit]

Democratic primary[edit]

Republican primary[edit]

General election[edit]

Poll source Dates administered Bud Chiles (I) Rick Scott (R) Alex Sink (D)
Mason-Dixon May 3–5, 2010 36% 38%
Rasmussen Reports May 16, 2010 41% 40%
Rasmussen Reports June 7, 2010 45% 40%
Quinnipiac June 7, 2010 13% 35% 26%
Florida Chamber of Commerce June 9–13, 2010 15% 31% 26%
Ipsos/Reuters July 9–11, 2010 12% 34% 31%
Public Policy Polling July 16–18, 2010 13% 30% 36%
Quinnipiac July 22–27, 2010 14% 29% 27%
The Florida Poll July 24–28, 2010 11% 30% 28%
Rasmussen Reports August 2, 2010 16% 35% 31%
Ipsos/Florida Newspapers August 6–10, 2010 14% 30% 29%
Mason-Dixon August 9–11, 2010 17% 24% 40%
Quinnipiac August 11–16, 2010 12% 29% 33%
Public Policy Polling August 21–22, 2010 8% 34% 41%
Rasmussen Reports August 25, 2010 4% 45% 42%
Rasmussen Reports September 1, 2010 45% 44%
Sunshine State News September 1–7, 2010 42% 44%
CNN September 2–7, 2010 42% 49%
FOX News September 11, 2010 41% 49%
Reuters/Ipsos September 12, 2010 45% 47%
Mason-Dixon September 20–22, 2010 40% 47%
Rasmussen Reports September 22, 2010 50% 44%
Quinnipiac September 23–28, 2010 49% 43%
CNN September 24–28, 2010 47% 45%
Sunshine State News September 26 – October 3, 2010 44% 42%
TCPalm.com / Zogby September 27–29, 2010 39% 41%
Florida Chamber of Commerce September 27–30, 2010 46% 42%
Rasmussen Reports September 30, 2010 46% 41%
Mason-Dixon October 4–6, 2010 40% 44%
Miami-Dade College October 5, 2010 52% 46%
Quinnipiac October 6–8, 2010 45% 44%
Rasmussen Reports October 7, 2010 50% 47%
PPP October 9–10, 2010 41% 46%
Susquehanna October 12–13, 2010 45% 48%
Suffolk October 14–17, 2010 38% 45%
CNN Opinion Research October 15–19, 2010 49% 46%
Ipsos/ St. Pete Times October 15–19, 2010 44% 41%
Rasmussen Reports October 18, 2010 50% 44%
Naples Daily News / Zogby October 18–21, 2010 39% 43%
Quinnipiac October 18–24, 2010 41% 45%
Susquehanna October 20, 2010 45% 45%
Susquehanna/ Sunshine State News October 24–25, 2010 47% 45%
Univ. of South Fla. Polytechnic October 23–27, 2010 44% 39%
Quinnipiac October 25–31, 2010 43% 44%
Mason-Dixon October 26–27, 2010 43% 46%
Rasmussen Reports October 27, 2010 48% 45%
Susquehanna/ Sunshine State October 29–31, 2010 46% 49%
Public Policy Polling October 30–31, 2010 47% 48%

Hypothetical Polls[edit]

Election results[edit]

Florida gubernatorial election, 2010[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Rick Scott 2,619,335 48.87% -3.31%
Democratic Alex Sink 2,557,785 47.72% +2.62%
Independence Party Peter Allen 123,831 2.31%
Independent C. C. Reed 18,842 0.35%
Independent Michael E. Arth 18,644 0.35%
Independent Daniel Imperato 13,690 0.26%
Independent Farid Khavari 7,487 0.14%
Write-ins 121 0.00%
Plurality 61,550 1.15% -5.92%
Turnout 5,359,735

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martinez resigned his seat in December 2008, and Crist appointed Republican George LeMieux to serve the remainder of Martinez's term. LeMieux declined to run for election, and Crist was one of three major candidates in the election for U.S. Senate.
  2. ^ Florida Election Candidate Tracking System entry for Imperato
  3. ^ a b "Florida Gubernatorial Primary Results". Politico. August 24, 2010. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ Orlando Sentinel, "Governor's Race: Rick, Scott, Alex Sink save harshest word for last debate."
  5. ^ Baribeau, Simone. "Florida Republican Scott Elected Governor After Record Spending". Bloomberg. Retrieved December 9, 2011. 
  6. ^ https://doe.dos.state.fl.us/elections/resultsarchive/Index.asp?ElectionDate=11/2/2010&DATAMODE=

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites