The 1994 Florida Gubernatorial Election was held on November 8, 1994. Governor Lawton Chiles (D) survived a strong challenge from businessman Jeb Bush (R) to win re-election. This race was the second closest gubernatorial election in Florida history since Reconstruction due to the strong Republican wave of 1994. However, Democrats would still maintain the Governor's mansion until 1999.
A run-off primary election was scheduled to be held between leading candidate Jeb Bush and second-place candidate James C. Smith because no candidate received a majority of the vote. However, Smith dropped out of the race a few days later, leaving Bush as the Republican nominee for Governor.