United States Senate election in Florida, 1994

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United States Senate election in Florida, 1994
Florida
1988 ←
November 8, 1994
→ 2000

  Conniemackiii.jpg
Nominee Connie Mack III Hugh Rodham
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 2,895,200 1,210,577
Percentage 70.5% 29.5%

U.S. Senator before election

Connie Mack III
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Connie Mack III
Republican

The 1994 United States Senate election in florida was held on November 8, 1994. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Connie Mack III won re-election to a second term.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Hugh Rodham 255,605 33.78%
Democratic Mike Wiley 188,551 24.92%
Democratic Ellis Rubin 161,386 21.33%
Democratic A. Perez 151,121 19.97%
Totals 756,663 100%
Democratic primary runoff results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Hugh Rodham 221,424 58.09%
Democratic Mike Wiley 159,776 41.91%
Totals 381,200 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Connie Mack Unopposed 100.0%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Campaign[edit]

Rodham left the public defenders office to run for the United States Senate in Florida in 1994. He won the Democratic Party nomination by defeating Mike Wiley in a runoff election,[3][4] after earlier finishing first in a four-person primary field with 34 percent.[4] After the first primary, the third-place finisher, flamboyant Miami lawyer and perennial losing candidate Ellis Rubin,[5] joined forces with Rodham as an "senior executive consultant" and hatchet man.[6] In the presence of Rodham at a press conference, Rubin levelled the accusation that Wiley was hiding his Jewish faith by changing his name from his birth name, Michael Schreiber,[4][5] and that Wiley "changed his name before the campaign to deceive voters about his Jewish religion." Wiley accordingly refused to endorse Rodham after the runoff.[4] Rodham then lost by a 70%-30% margin to incumbent Senator Republican Connie Mack III in the general election.[7] Although Bill and Hillary Clinton both campaigned for him, his organization was unable to take advantage of their help,[8] he had few funds, almost no television commercials, and little support from the Florida Democratic party establishment in a year that saw Republican gains everywhere.[7][9] After the election, Rubin switched allegiance again and charged Rodham with election law violations in the first primary; the Federal Elections Commission eventually dismissed the allegations.[10]

Results[edit]

General election results[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Connie Mack 2,895,200 70.50 +20.10
Democratic Hugh Rodham 1,210,577 29.48 -20.12
Write-ins 1,039 0.02
Majority 1,684,623 41.02 +40.22
Turnout 5,856,731
Republican hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://doe.dos.state.fl.us/elections/resultsarchive/Index.asp?ElectionDate=9/8/1994&DATAMODE=
  2. ^ https://doe.dos.state.fl.us/elections/resultsarchive/Index.asp?ElectionDate=10/4/1994&DATAMODE=
  3. ^ Jessica Reaves (2002-02-22). "The Rumpled, Ragtag Career of Hugh Rodham". Time Magazine. Retrieved 2006-03-26. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Florida Vote Goes to Brother Of First Lady". New York Times. October 5, 1994. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  5. ^ a b "More Anti-Semitism in Hillary's Closet". NewsMax. October 16, 2000. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  6. ^ Tom Fielder (1994-09-22). "Rubin Joins Rodham Campaign, Rips Wiley" (fee required). The Miami Herald. 
  7. ^ a b "The Rodham Family Biography". CNN. Retrieved 2007-07-08. 
  8. ^ Michael Wines, "Clinton Finds Few Listeners at Rally in Miami", The New York Times, October 16, 1994. Accessed July 10, 2007.
  9. ^ Lynn Sweet (2001-02-23). "Politics thicker than blood?". The Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2007-07-08. [dead link]
  10. ^ Tom Fielder (1996-04-06). "FEC Dismisses Allegations Against Rodham Campaign" (fee required). The Miami Herald. 
  11. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1994/94Stat.htm