Florida Attorney General election, 2014

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Florida Attorney General election, 2014
Florida
2010 ←
November 4, 2014
→ 2018

  Bondi bio photo crop.jpg GeorgeSheldonHHS.jpg William Wohlsifer.jpg
Nominee Pam Bondi George Sheldon Bill Wohlsifer
Party Republican Democratic Libertarian

Attorney General before election

Pam Bondi
Republican

Elected Attorney General

TBD

The 2014 Florida Attorney General election will take place on November 4, 2014, to elect the Attorney General of Florida. Incumbent Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi is running for re-election to a second term in office.[1]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic George Sheldon 458,428 60.66%
Democratic Perry E. Thurston, Jr. 297,320 39.34%
Totals 755,748 100%

Libertarian nomination[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Bill Wohlsifer, attorney[22]

General election[edit]

Campaign[edit]

Sheldon's constitutional eligibility to serve as Attorney General was challenged in court. For the years 2011 to 2013, Sheldon established permanent non-Florida residency in order to receive an exemption from taking continuing legal education courses required to maintain his law license with the Florida Bar. Article IV, Section 5(b) of the Florida Constitution requires the candidates for Attorney General maintain permanent residency in Florida for the seven years preceding election to office. The lawsuit named Sheldon and the Florida Secretary of State as defendants, and asked the court to remove Sheldon from the Democratic Primary for Attorney General.[23] Leon County Chief Judge Charles A. Francis ruled that Sheldon was eligible for the ballot, stating that though he might have worked out of state, he maintained his residence in Tallahassee and continued to live there whenever he returned.[24] The main lawyer involved in the case chose not to appeal the decision.[25]

After Sheldon won his party's primary on August 26th, Bondi challenged him to a general debate before the election.[26] Sheldon stated that he would do so, but raised the possibility of multiple debates. [27] Wohlsifer also challenged Bondi and Sheldon to a debate before the election. [28] On September 9th, Bondi's campaign sent out an email accepting an invitation to debate Sheldon in October, which he also accepted. While the Bondi campaign's email only mentioned Sheldon, Sheldon himself stated that he would welcome Wohlsifer's participation. [29] The next day, it was confirmed that the debate will take place on October 6th and all three candidates will participate. There are officially two other potential meetings afterwards, with one potentially taking place at Florida Atlantic University. Bondi's campaign is still reviewing the other invitations. [30] [31]

Candidates[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Pam
Bondi (R)
George
Sheldon (D)
Bill
Wohlsifer (L)
Undecided
Public Policy Polling September 4–7, 2014 818 ± 3.8% 43% 35% 6% 17%
Gravis Marketing June 20–23, 2014 1,232 ± 3% 43% 35% 5% 16%
Public Policy Polling June 6–9, 2014 672 ± 3.8% 38% 35% 27%
Gravis Marketing April 23–25, 2014 907 ± 3% 45% 36% 7% 12%
Gravis Marketing January 30–31, 2014 808 ± 4% 44% 36% 4% 16%
Public Policy Polling January 16–21, 2014 591 ± 4% 37% 34% 29%
Gravis Marketing November 8–11, 2013 932 ± 3% 29% 11% 59%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tia Mitchell (July 1, 2013). "AG Pam Bondi files for re-election". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ Brendan Farrington (October 21, 2013). "Sheldon seeks to challenge Attorney General Bondi". Miami Herald. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ Matt Dixon (October 26, 2013). "Perry Thurston gets in AG race". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ Anthony Man (June 14, 2013). "Campbell, Thurston weigh races for attorney general, Florida Senate". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ Michael Van Sickler (October 23, 2013). "Content with state senate, Sachs won't run for Florida AG". Miami Herald. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "Political Bits and Pieces". Sunshine State News. August 23, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d "State Representative Victor Torres and IUPAT Endorse George Sheldon for Attorney General". George Sheldon for Attorney General. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Florida Alliance For Retired Americans (FLARA) Endorses George Sheldon For Florida Attorney General". Capital Soup. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Florida Nurses Association announces first round of candidate endorsements". SaintPetersBlog. August 11, 2014. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Madelyn M. Skene (May 14, 2014). "Florida Young Democrats Endorse George Sheldon for Florida Attorney General". Capital Soup. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Endorsements". La Gaceta. July 22, 2014. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  12. ^ "La Gaceta confidently endorses George Sheldon in the Democratic Primary for Attorney General". La Gaceta. August 5, 2014. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  13. ^ "The Herald recommends: For attorney general, Democratic primary". The Palm Beach Post. August 9, 2014. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Editorial: Sheldon for attorney general in Democratic primary". The Palm Beach Post. August 7, 2014. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Times recommends: Sheldon for attorney general". Tampa Bay Times. August 1, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Endorsement: Sheldon in attorney general primary". Tampa Tribune. July 28, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  17. ^ Adam C. Smith (July 24, 2014). "St Pete Mayor endorses Perry Thurston for attorney General". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  18. ^ Kevin Derby (February 28, 2014). "Kendrick Meek Backs Perry Thurston to Challenge Pam Bondi". Sunshine State News. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Thurston for Dems' AG: Editoriall". Orlando Sentinel. August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Perry Thurston choice for attorney general". Sun-Sentinel. August 18, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Governor". Florida Election Watch. Florida Division of Elections. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  22. ^ Jed Ziggler (December 13, 2013). "Libertarian Bill Wohlsifer to Run for Florida Attorney General". Independent Political Report. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  23. ^ Rosica, James (August 8, 2014). "AG candidate Sheldon’s residency challenged in court". Tampa Tribune. Retrieved August 13, 2014. 
  24. ^ Van Sickler, Michael (August 15, 2014). "Judge rules George Sheldon eligible for attorney general primary". Miami Herald. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  25. ^ Rosica, James (August 25, 2014). "Lawyer: AG candidate Sheldon’s residency challenge won’t be appealed". Tampa Tribune. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  26. ^ Irwin, Janelle (August 26, 2014). "Pam Bondi calls for debate against opponent George Sheldon". St. Peter's Blog. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  27. ^ Schorsch, Peter (August 29, 2014). "George Sheldon accepts Pam Bondi debate challenge, then raises her". St. Peter's Blog. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  28. ^ Pyeatt, Jill (August 31, 2014). "Updates on Florida LP’s Candidates Adrian Wyllie and Bill Wohlsifer". Independent Political Report. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  29. ^ Van Sickler, Michael (September 9, 2014). "Bondi and Sheldon set to debate in October, but is that it?". Miami Herald. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  30. ^ Dickey, Paul (September 10, 2014). "Bill Wohlsifer will be in Florida Attorney General debates alongside Pam Bondi and George Sheldon". Palm Beach Free Press. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  31. ^ Cordner, Sascha (September 12, 2014). "As Florida Attorney General Race Shapes Up, Is Libertarian Candidate Getting Left Out?". WFSU. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  32. ^ a b c d e f Schorsch, Peter (August 26, 2014). "Pam Bondi calls for debate against opponent George Sheldon". SaintPetersBlog. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  33. ^ Schorsch, Peter (June 30, 2014). "FMA PAC endorses Rick Scott, Florida Cabinet for re-election". SaintPetersBlog. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  34. ^ Kevin Derby (August 28, 2014). "Pam Bondi Wins Endorsement of State Troopers Association". Sunshine State News. Retrieved August 28, 2014. 
  35. ^ Allison Nielsen (June 23, 2014). "Florida State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Endorses Pam Bondi for Re-Election". Sunshine State News. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  36. ^ William March (June 23, 2014). "PBA backs Crist, Atwater, Bondi, Putnam". Tampa Tribune. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  37. ^ a b Tia Mitchell (September 2, 2014). "George Sheldon launches campaign PAC". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  38. ^ a b c d e Karl Dickey (July 17, 2014). "NORML fails to endorse best candidate for their cause in Florida AG race". The Libertarian Examiner. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 

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