Florida gubernatorial election, 1986

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The Florida gubernatorial election of 1986 took place alongside the midterm congressional elections. The Democratic Party won many victories across the country (including retaking United States Senate). However in Florida, where Democrats gained Senate seat from Republicans, they lost the Governorship for the just second time since Reconstruction.

The primaries took place on September 2, the runoffs on September 30 and the general election on November 4

Democratic nomination[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Steve Pajcic 360,900 35.89%
Democratic James C. Smith 309,908 30.82%
Democratic Harry Johnston 257,906 25.65%
Democratic Mary Kane Goldstein 54,060 5.38%
Democratic Joan L. Woolin 22,691 2.26%
Totals 1,005,465 100%
Democratic primary runoff results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Steve Pajcic 429,527 50.64%
Democratic James C. Smith 418,614 49.36%
Totals 848,041 100%

Republican nomination[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Republican primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Martinez 244,417 43.80%
Republican Louis Frey, Jr. 137,967 24.72%
Republican Tom Gallagher 131,265 23.52%
Republican Chester Clem 44,409 7.96%
Totals 558,058 100%
Republican primary runoff results[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Martinez 259,333 66.33%
Republican Louis Frey, Jr. 131,652 33.67%
Totals 390,985 100%

General election[edit]

Florida gubernatorial election, 1986[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bob Martinez 1,847,525 54.56 +19.26
Democratic Steve Pajcic 1,538,620 45.44 -19.26
Write-ins 27 0.00 N/A
Majority 308,905 9.12 -20.28
Turnout 3,386,172
Republican gain from Democratic

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