Florida gubernatorial election, 2018

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Florida gubernatorial election, 2018

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Nominee TBD TBD
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate TBD TBD

Incumbent Governor

Rick Scott
Republican



The 2018 Florida gubernatorial election will be held on November 6, 2018, alongside a U.S. Senate election, U.S. House elections, and other state and local elections. Incumbent two-term Republican Governor Rick Scott is term-limited. Florida elects its Governor and Lieutenant Governor on a joint ticket.

The candidate filing deadline for this gubernatorial race is June 22, 2018, with primary elections being held on August 28, 2018. Florida uses a closed primary process, in which the selection of each party's candidates for a general election is limited to registered members of that party.[1]

Background[edit]

A Democratic candidate has not won a gubernatorial election in Florida since 1994 when Governor Lawton Chiles was elected to a second term.

The winner of this election will be involved in the redistricting process following the 2020 Census. Under Florida state law, the state legislature is responsible for drawing boundaries for Congressional and state legislative seats. The governor has the power to veto U.S. House boundaries, but not state legislative ones.

Nearly 100,000 Puerto Ricans, a largely Democratic voter demographic, have moved to Florida after the island was ravaged by Hurricane Maria in September 2017. It is expected that this large influx of potential voters could drastically reshape future elections.[2]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrawn[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Ron DeSantis
U.S. Executive Branch officials
State Representatives
Individuals

(Conservative)

Organizations
Adam Putnam
Statewide officials
Sheriffs
Organizations
Jack Latvala (withdrawn)
U.S. Representatives
Bob White
U.S. Representatives

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Richard
Corcoran
Ron
DeSantis
Jack
Latvala
Adam
Putnam
Bob
White
Other Undecided
Cherry Communications July 2018 700 ± 4.0% 36% 36% 28%
St. Pete Polls July 16–17, 2018 1,709 ± 2.4% 50% 30% 4% 17%
Gravis Marketing July 13–14, 2018 905 ± 3.3% 35% 29% 4% 4%[47] 25%
Fabrizio, Lee and Associates (R) July 8–12, 2018 349 ± 5.2% 42% 30% 27%
Remington (R-Tenth Amendment Project) July 2–5, 2018 2,826 ± 1.8% 43% 26% 25%
1892 Polling (R-DeSantis) July 2, 2018 800 ± 3.4% 47% 28% 25%
Marist College June 17–21, 2018 326 ± 6.7% 21% 38% 3% 39%
Fox News June 15–19, 2018 901 ± 3.0% 17% 32% 3% 5%[48] 39%
Gravis Marketing May 31 – June 15, 2018 543 ± 4.2% 4% 19% 29% 5% 43%
Cherry Communications June 7–9, 2018 501 ± 5.3% 15% 32% 5% 48%
Saint Leo University May 25–31, 2018 175 13% 35% 9% 44%
Florida Atlantic University May 4–7, 2018 371 ± 5.0% 16% 15% 3% 24%[49] 43%
1892 Polling (R-DeSantis) April 19–23, 2018 800 ± 3.4% 7% 30% 23% 40%
30% 26% 44%
Gravis Marketing February 26 – March 19, 2018 3% 19% 0% 17% 0% 60%
North Star Opinion Research (R-DeSantis) March 12–15, 2018 600 <6% 21% 19%
28% 23%
Saint Leo University February 18–24, 2018 175 7% 14% 3% 15% 5% 9%[50] 46%
Gravis Marketing February 1–18, 2018 3% 16% 0% 18% 2% 61%
Mason-Dixon January 29 – February 1, 2018 500 ± 4.5% 7% 23% 27% 43%
Remington December 30–31, 2017 1,423 ± 2.6% 3% 28% 25% 44%
Gravis Marketing December 19–24, 2017 2% 12% 2% 23% 1% 60%
Saint Leo University November 19–24, 2017 166 2% 5% 2% 15% 4% 10%[51] 63%
Cherry Communications September 17–24, 2017 256 1% 9% 2% 26% 3% 59%
Saint Leo University September 10–16, 2017 173 4% 7% 2% 20% 2% 11%[52] 44%
Florida Atlantic University August 24–26, 2017 304 ± 6.5% 10% 9% 2% 27% 53%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Don Baldauf
Republican Ron DeSantis
Republican Timothy M. Devine
Republican Bob Langford
Republican John Joseph Mercadante
Republican Bruce Nathan
Republican Adam H. Putnam
Republican Bob White
Total votes 100.0%

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Andrew Gillum
U.S. Cabinet Members and Cabinet-level officials
U.S. Representatives
Statewide officials
State legislators
Mayors and other municipal leaders
Other individuals
Organizations
Gwen Graham
U.S. Senators
U.S. Representatives
Statewide officials
State legislators
Mayors and other municipal leaders
Other individuals
Organizations
Chris King
State legislators
Mayors and other municipal officials
Organizations
Philip Levine
Statewide officials
State legislators
Mayors and other municipal officials
Other individuals

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Andrew
Gillum
Gwen
Graham
Jeff
Greene
Chris
King
Philip
Levine
Other Undecided
St. Pete Polls July 14–15, 2018 1,314 ± 2.7% 10% 22% 22% 3% 19% 1%[182] 25%
Gravis Marketing July 13–14, 2018 1,540 ± 2.5% 10% 27% 18% 17% 27%
Marist College June 17–21, 2018 344 ± 6.5% 8% 17% 4% 3% 19% 1% 47%
RABA Research June 15–16, 2018 660 ± 3.8% 8% 26% 3% 15% 27% 21%
Gravis Marketing May 31 – June 15, 2018 485 ± 4.5% 29% 24% 3% 17% 27%
Let's Preserve the American Dream June 6–9, 2018 800 ± 3.1% 11% 21% 3% 4% 24% 37%
Schroth, Eldon and Associates (D) June 3–5, 2018 600 ± 4.0% 11% 16% 4% 6% 32% 31%
Saint Leo University May 25–31, 2018 195 10% 14% 6% 14% 9% 47%
Public Policy Polling (D-Levine) May 21–22, 2018 583 12% 20% 6% 30% 33%
Change Research (D-Gillum) May 8–11, 2018 1,107 ± 3.0% 13% 13% 3% 20% 52%
Florida Atlantic University May 4–7, 2018 372 ± 3.0% 6% 15% 10% 16% 11%[183] 42%
Public Policy Polling April 10–11, 2018 491 8% 23% 4% 29% 36%
Public Policy Polling March 23–25, 2018 613 8% 19% 5% 22% 46%
Gravis Marketing February 26 – March 19, 2018 11% 9% 2% 2% 13% 64%
Saint Leo University February 18–24, 2018 190 10% 17% 5% 7% 8% 3% 50%
Gravis Marketing February 1–18, 2018 9% 12% 1% 2% 12% 63%
Mason-Dixon January 29 – February 1, 2018 500 ± 4.5% 10% 20% 4% 17% 49%
Gravis Marketing December 19–24, 2017 12% 18% 2% 3% 6% 60%

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Andrew Gillum
Democratic Gwen Graham
Democratic Jeff Greene
Democratic Chris King
Democratic Philip Levine
Democratic Alex "Lundy" Lundmark
Democratic John Wetherbee
Total votes 100.0%

Libertarian Party[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Withdrawn[edit]

  • Randy Wiseman, former Republican Chair of the Lake County School Board, Republican candidate for the State House in 2004 and candidate for Mayor of Mount Dora in 2013[184]
  • Riquet Caballero, banker, Afro-Cuban activist, and former member of the Black Affairs Advisory Board of Miami-Dade County. Ended campaign to run for State House District 108[185]

Constitution Party[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Withdrawn[edit]

Reform Party[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Darcy Richardson, Author, 2012 Democratic Candidate for President, 1988 US Senate Candidate, 1980 Pennsylvania Auditor General Candidate[188]

Independents[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Potential[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

John Morgan (declined)

General election[edit]

Predictions[edit]

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[193] Tossup January 26, 2018
Rothenberg Political Report[194] Tossup April 6, 2018
Sabato's Crystal Ball[195] Tossup April 5, 2017
Daily Kos[196] Tossup June 5, 2018

Polling[edit]

with Adam Putnam and Andrew Gillum
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Adam
Putnam (R)
Andrew
Gillum (D)
Undecided
Gravis Marketing July 13–14, 2018 1,840 ± 2.3% 41% 35% 29%
Gravis Marketing May 31 – June 15, 2018 485 ± 4.5% 39% 42% 20%
Gravis Marketing February 26 – March 19, 2018 2,212 ± 2.1% 34% 28% 38%
Gravis Marketing February 1–18, 2018 1,978 ± 2.2% 30% 30% 40%
Gravis Marketing December 19–24, 2017 5,778 ± 1.3% 31% 31% 39%
Cherry Communications September 17–24, 2017 615 40% 33%
Gravis Marketing March 28–29, 2017 1,453 ± 2.6% 32% 31% 37%
with Adam Putnam and Gwen Graham
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Adam
Putnam (R)
Gwen
Graham (D)
Other Undecided
Gravis Marketing July 13–14, 2018 1,840 ± 2.3% 40% 39% 20%
Gravis Marketing May 31 – June 15, 2018 485 ± 4.5% 39% 45% 17%
Saint Leo University May 25–31, 2018 506 ± 4.5% 25% 20% 13% 43%
Public Policy Polling April 10–11, 2018 661 36% 37% 27%
Gravis Marketing February 26 – March 19, 2018 2,212 ± 2.1% 34% 32% 34%
Saint Leo University February 18–24, 2018 500 ± 4.5% 22% 18% 14% 45%
Gravis Marketing February 1–18, 2018 1,978 ± 2.2% 33% 29% 38%
Gravis Marketing December 19–24, 2017 5,778 ± 1.3% 32% 32% 37%
Cherry Communications September 17–24, 2017 615 39% 37%
Gravis Marketing March 28–29, 2017 1,453 ± 2.6% 32% 34% 35%
Cherry Communications December 3–8, 2016 606 39% 36% 25%
Gravis Marketing November 22–25, 2016 3,250 ± 2.4% 34% 37% 30%
with Adam Putnam and Jeff Greene
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Adam
Putnam (R)
Jeff
Greene (D)
Undecided
Gravis Marketing July 13–14, 2018 1,840 ± 2.3% 41% 39% 20%
with Adam Putnam and Chris King
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Adam
Putnam (R)
Chris
King (D)
Undecided
Gravis Marketing May 31 – June 15, 2018 485 ± 4.5% 39% 38% 23%
Cherry Communications September 17–24, 2017 615 40% 31%
with Adam Putnam and Philip Levine
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Adam
Putnam (R)
Philip
Levine (D)
Other Undecided
Gravis Marketing July 13–14, 2018 1,840 ± 2.3% 43% 38% 19%
Public Policy Polling (D) June 18–19, 2018 1,308 38% 43%
Gravis Marketing May 31 – June 15, 2018 485 ± 4.5% 39% 43% 19%
Saint Leo University May 25–31, 2018 506 ± 4.5% 24% 20% 11% 44%
Public Policy Polling April 10–11, 2018 661 37% 41% 23%
Cherry Communications September 17–24, 2017 615 40% 32%
with Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Ron
DeSantis (R)
Andrew
Gillum (D)
Undecided
Gravis Marketing July 13–14, 2018 1,840 ± 2.3% 39% 36% 25%
Gravis Marketing May 31 – June 15, 2018 485 ± 4.5% 35% 38% 27%
Gravis Marketing February 26 – March 19, 2018 2,212 ± 2.1% 29% 33% 37%
with Ron DeSantis and Gwen Graham
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Ron
DeSantis (R)
Gwen
Graham (D)
Other Undecided
Gravis Marketing July 13–14, 2018 1,840 ± 2.3% 38% 42% 20%
Gravis Marketing May 31 – June 15, 2018 485 ± 4.5% 34% 44% 22%
Saint Leo University May 25–31, 2018 506 ± 4.5% 16% 22% 13% 49%
Public Policy Polling April 10–11, 2018 661 36% 40% 24%
Gravis Marketing February 26 – March 19, 2018 2,212 ± 2.1% 30% 33% 37%
with Ron DeSantis and Jeff Greene
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Ron
DeSantis (R)
Jeff
Greene (D)
Undecided
Gravis Marketing July 13–14, 2018 1,840 ± 2.3% 39% 39% 22%
with Ron DeSantis and Chris King
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Ron
DeSantis (R)
Chris
King (D)
Undecided
Gravis Marketing May 31 – June 15, 2018 485 ± 4.5% 35% 37% 29%
with Ron DeSantis and Philip Levine
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Ron
DeSantis (R)
Philip
Levine (D)
Other Undecided
Gravis Marketing July 13–14, 2018 1,840 ± 2.3% 40% 38% 22%
Public Policy Polling (D) June 18–19, 2018 1,308 36% 41%
Gravis Marketing May 31 – June 15, 2018 485 ± 4.5% 33% 43% 24%
Saint Leo University May 25–31, 2018 506 ± 4.5% 17% 22% 12% 49%
Public Policy Polling April 10–11, 2018 661 37% 42% 22%
with Bob White and Andrew Gillum
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Bob
White (R)
Andrew
Gillum (D)
Undecided
Gravis Marketing May 31 – June 15, 2018 485 ± 4.5% 28% 38% 35%
with Bob White and Gwen Graham
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Bob
White (R)
Gwen
Graham (D)
Undecided
Gravis Marketing May 31 – June 15, 2018 485 ± 4.5% 27% 44% 29%
with Bob White and Chris King
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Bob
White (R)
Chris
King (D)
Undecided
Gravis Marketing May 31 – June 15, 2018 485 ± 4.5% 28% 36% 36%
with Bob White and Philip Levine
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Bob
White (R)
Philip
Levine (D)
Undecided
Gravis Marketing May 31 – June 15, 2018 485 ± 4.5% 29% 42% 29%

Results[edit]

Florida General Election 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican
Democratic
Reform Darcy G. Richardson
Independent Ryan Christopher Foley
Independent Kyle "KC" Gibson
Independent Raphael Herman
Independent Bruce Stanley
Total votes 100.0%

See also[edit]

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