Florida gubernatorial election, 1994

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Florida gubernatorial election, 1994
Florida
1990 ←
November 8, 1994 → 1998

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Nominee Lawton Chiles Jeb Bush
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Buddy MacKay Tom Feeney
Popular vote 2,135,008 2,071,068
Percentage 50.75% 49.23%

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County Results

Governor before election

Lawton Chiles
Democratic

Elected Governor

Lawton Chiles
Democratic

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.

Candidates[edit]

Democratic[edit]

Republican[edit]

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lawton Chiles 603,657 72.17%
Democratic Jack Gargan 232,757 27.83%
Totals 836,414 100%

Republican primary[edit]

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.

Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeb Bush 411,680 45.68%
Republican Jim Smith 165,869 18.40%
Republican Tom Gallagher 117,067 12.99%
Republican Ander Crenshaw 109,148 12.11%
Republican Kenneth L. Connor 83,945 9.31%
Republican Josephine A. Arnold 8,326 0.92%
Republican Bob Bell 5,202 0.58%
Totals 901,237 100%

Polling[edit]

Source Date Chiles (D) Bush (R)
Mason-Dixon Nov. 1-3, 1994 48% 45%
Orlando Sentinel Nov. 1, 1994 48% 45%
Associated Industries of Florida Oct. 30, 1994 45% 45%
St. Petersburg Times Oct. 16, 1994 39% 49%
Mason-Dixon Oct. 7, 1994 43% 48%
Mason-Dixon Sep. 1-3, 1994 43% 48%
Mason-Dixon Aug. 1-3, 1994 44% 41%
Mason-Dixon July. 1-3, 1994 46% 35%
Mason-Dixon Feb. 1-3, 1994 42% 38%
Mason-Dixon Oct. 1-3, 1993 41% 32%

Results[edit]

Florida gubernatorial election, 1994[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Lawton Chiles 2,135,008 50.75 -5.76
Republican Jeb Bush 2,071,068 49.23 +5.75
Write-ins 583 0.0 0
Majority 63,940 1.52 -11.51
Turnout 4,206,659
Democratic hold Swing

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