United States Senate election in Florida, 1986

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United States Senate election in Florida, 1986
Florida
1980 ←
November 4, 1986
→ 1992

  Bob Graham, official Senate photo portrait, color.jpg Hawkins, Paula.jpg
Nominee Bob Graham Paula Hawkins
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,877,543 1,552,376
Percentage 54.7% 45.3%

U.S. Senator before election

Paula Hawkins
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Bob Graham
Democratic

The 1986 United States Senate election in Florida took place on November 4, 1986 alongside other elections to the United States Senate in other states as well as elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Paula Hawkins decided to run for re-election to second term, but lost to popular Governor of Florida Bob Graham.[1]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Graham 850,560 85.04%
Democratic Bob Kunst 149,657 14.96%
Totals 1,000,217 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paula Hawkins 491,767 88.73%
Republican Bob Kunst 62,443 11.27%
Totals 554,210 100%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

General election results[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Bob Graham 1,877,543 54.74% +6.40%
Republican Paula Hawkins (inc.) 1,552,376 45.26% -6.40%
Write-ins 77 0.00%
Majority 325,167 9.48% +6.16%
Turnout 3,429,996
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

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