Florida gubernatorial election, 1990

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Florida gubernatorial election, 1990
Florida
1986 ←
November 6, 1990 → 1994

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Nominee Lawton Chiles Bob Martinez (inc.)
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Buddy MacKay J. Allison DeFoor
Popular vote 1,995,206 1,535,068
Percentage 56.51% 43.48%

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County Results

Governor before election

Bob Martinez
Republican

Elected Governor

Lawton Chiles
Democratic

The Florida gubernatorial election of 1990 took place on November 6.

Overview[edit]

Republican incumbent Bob Martinez, who was just the second member of his party elected Governor of Florida after Reconstruction, was deeply unpopular. His job approval rating had sunk to around 24% after, in 1989, he called the Florida Legislature into special session in an effort to pass pro-life laws. None of the governor's proposals made it out of committee.

Republican primary[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Martinez 460,718 69.00%
Republican Marlene Woodson Howard 132,565 19.80%
Republican John Davis 34,720 5.20%
Republican Andy Martin 28,591 4.30%
Republican Warren H. Folks 11,587 1.70%
Totals 668,181 100%

Democratic primary[edit]

The Democratic primary was a contest between former United States Senator Lawton Chiles and United States Representative Bill Nelson.

The 60-year old Chiles, who retired after three terms from the Senate in 1989 after serious health problems, was challenged by the younger 47-year old Nelson, who questioned his health in the campaign and presented himself as alternative.

This, however, backfired on Nelson and cost him the election; the elderly population in Florida took great offense to Nelson's attacks and, in turn, voted for Chiles.[2]

Democratic primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lawton Chiles 746,325 69.5%
Democratic Bill Nelson 327,731 30.5%
Totals 1,074,056 100%

Campaign finances[edit]

  • Chiles/MacKay - $5,244,170.00.[4]
  • Martinez/DeFoor - $10,625,793.00.[5]

General election[edit]

Florida gubernatorial election, 1990[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Lawton Chiles 1,995,206 56.51 +11.07
Republican Bob Martinez 1,535,068 43.48 -11.09
Write-ins 597 0.0 0
Majority 460,138 13.03 +3.91
Turnout 3,530,871
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

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