United States Senate election in Florida, 2016

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United States Senate election in Florida, 2016

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Nominee Marco Rubio Patrick Murphy
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 4,835,191 4,122,088
Percentage 52.0% 44.3%

Florida Senate Election Results by County, 2016.svg
County results

Rubio:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

Murphy:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. Senator before election

Marco Rubio
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Marco Rubio
Republican

The 2016 United States Senate election in Florida was held November 8, 2016 to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of Florida, concurrently with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. The primary elections for both the Republicans and Democrats took place on August 30, 2016.[1]

Incumbent Republican Senator Marco Rubio ran for another term but faced well-funded Republican primary opposition after initially announcing he would not seek re-election to his Senate seat. He had openly considered whether to seek re-election or run for President in 2016.[2][3][4] He stated in April 2014 that he would not run for both the Senate and President in 2016, as Florida law prohibits a candidate from simultaneously appearing twice on a ballot, but did not rule out running for either office.[5]

In April 2015, Rubio announced that he was running for President and would not seek re-election.[6][7][8][9] Rubio had initially said he would not run for re-election to the Senate even if he dropped out of the GOP presidential primary (which he did after losing Florida on March 15, 2016) before he would have to qualify for the 2016 Senate primary ballot, for which the filing deadline was June 24, 2016.[10][11]

On June 13, 2016, despite his previous statements that he would not run for re-election to his Senate seat, Rubio "seemed to open the door to running for re-election," citing the previous day's Orlando mass shooting and how "it really gives you pause, to think a little bit about your service to your country and where you can be most useful to your country."[12] On June 22, 2016, Rubio announced that he would seek re-election to the Senate, reversing his pledge not to run.[13]

On August 30, the Republican Party nominated Marco Rubio, and the Democratic Party nominated Representative Patrick Murphy. Rubio won with the largest raw vote total in Florida history, taking a greater percentage of the popular vote than Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who won the state in the election. He is the first Republican Senator from Florida since 1994, and only the second with Connie Mack, to be reelected to a second term. Also, with Mel Martinez's victory in 2004, this marks the first time that Republicans have won one of Florida's Senate seats three times in a row (Mack succeeded Lawton Chiles, a Democrat, and was succeeded by another Democrat, Bill Nelson).

Marco Rubio won 48% of the Hispanic vote during this election, an unprecedented number for a Republican during a Presidential year.[14]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrawn[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Ron DeSantis (withdrew)
Individuals
Organizations
David Jolly (withdrew)
Individuals
Carlos López-Cantera (withdrew)
Statewide officials
State legislators
Mayors and other municipal leaders
Marco Rubio
Presidents of the United States
Governors
U.S. Senators
U.S. Representatives
Individuals
Organizations
Statewide officials
Newspaper Editorial Boards
Neutral
Individuals

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Carlos
Beruff
Ron
DeSantis
David
Jolly
Ilya
Katz
Carlos
López-Cantera
Marco
Rubio
Todd
Wilcox
Other/
Undecided
Public Policy Polling September 11–13, 2015 377 ± 5.1% 15% 18% 14% 52%
St. Leo University November 29 – December 3, 2015 147 ± 8% 6.1% 11.6% 4.1% 8.2% 6.8% 63.3%
St. Pete Polls/Saint Petersblog December 14–15, 2015 2,694 ± 1.9% 17.6% 20.7% 10.3% 7.5% 43.9%
Florida Atlantic University College of Business January 15–18, 2016 345 ± 5.2% 8% 28% 8% 57%
Public Policy Polling February 24–25, 2016 464 ± 4.6% 14% 26% 11% 2% 47%
Washington Post/Univision March 2–5, 2016 450 ± 5.5% 0% 6% 5% 6% 2% 81%
News 13/Bay News 9 March 4–6, 2016 724 ± 3.7% 1% 11% 18% 4% 9% 7% 50%
Mason-Dixon May 31 – June 2, 2016 400 ± 5% 17% 10% 13% 9% 2% 49%
St. Leo University June 10–16, 2016 500 ± 7% 4.0% 4.6% 4.0% 0.6% 2.9% 52.0% 2.3% 27.2%
8.1% 8.1% 8.1% 1.7% 8.7% 5.2% 56.6%
Vox Populi Polling (R) June 19–20, 2016 487 ± 4.4% 5% 57% 4% 34%
Bay News 9/SurveyUSA June 25–27, 2016 555 ± 4.1% 11% 63% 13%
St. Pete Polls August 2, 2016 1,835 ± 2.3% 21.7% 55.0% 23.2%
Suffolk University August 1–3, 2016 183 ± 4.4% 12.1% 61.8% 26%
St. Leo University August 14–18, 2016 479 ± 4.5% 14% 68% 18%
Florida Chamber of Commerce August 17–22, 2016 249 ± 4.0% 19% 68% 10%
Florida Atlantic University August 19–22, 2016 327 ± 5.4% 8% 69% 5% 15%
Mason-Dixon August 22–24, 2016 400 ± 5% 22% 61% 15%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[124]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Marco Rubio (Incumbent) 1,029,830 71.99%
Republican Carlos Beruff 264,427 18.49%
Republican Dwight Young 91,082 6.37%
Republican Ernie Rivera 45,153 3.16%
Total votes 1,430,492 100.00%

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrawn[edit]

  • Lateresa Jones, life coach and Independent candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 2014 (running as an Independent)[131][132]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Alan Grayson
Politicians
Activists
Labor unions
Organizations
Pam Keith
Newspaper Editorial Boards
Patrick Murphy
Presidents
Vice Presidents
U.S. Cabinet Members and Cabinet-level officials
U.S. Senators
U.S. Representatives
Statewide officials
State legislators
Mayors and other municipal leaders
Labor unions
Organizations
Newspaper Editorial Boards

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Alan
Grayson
Pam
Keith
Lateresa
Jones
Patrick
Murphy
Other/
Undecided
Public Policy Polling March 19–22, 2015 371 ± 5.1% 22% 21% 56%
Mason-Dixon April 14–16, 2015 400 ± 5% 14% 23% 63%
St. Leo University May 25–31, 2015 535 ± 4.5% 24% 27% 49%
Vox Populi Polling (R) June 15–17, 2015 717 ± 3.7% 24% 34% 42%
Gravis Marketing June 16–20, 2015 881 ± 3.3% 63% 19% 18%
St. Pete Polls July 15, 2015 1,018 ± 3.1% 29.7% 7.7% 23.2% 39.4%
Mason-Dixon July 20–24, 2015 500 ± 4.5% 24% 26% 50%
33% 32% 35%
Public Policy Polling September 11–13, 2015 368 ± 5.1% 33% 27% 39%
St. Leo University November 29 – December 3, 2015 160 ± 7.5% 7.1% 4.4% 6.3% 16.9% 54.6%
Florida Atlantic University College of Business January 15–18, 2016 371 ± 5% 27% 20% 53%
20/20 Insight LLC* ~February 16–18, 2016 646 ± 3.9% 41% 32% 27%
Public Policy Polling February 24–25, 2016 388 ± 5% 33% 22% 45%
Univision March 2–5, 2016 449 ± 6% 29% 36% 35%
Bendixon & Amandi/The Tarrance Group March 2–5, 2016 449 ± 6% 19% 27% 54%
SurveyUSA March 4–6, 2016 592 ± 4.1% 16% 11% 27% 46%
Mason-Dixon March 7–9, 2016 500 ± 4.5% 19% 33% 48%
St. Leo University March 13–17, 2016 540 ± 5% 17% 20% 63%
Public Policy Polling March 22–23, 2016 829 ? 33% 32% 35%
Mason-Dixon May 31 – June 2, 2016 400 ± 5% 23% 3% 31% 43%
St. Leo University June 10–16, 2016 500 ± 7% 13.5% 2.7% 4.3% 15.7% 61.1%
Targeted Persuasion June 14–16, 2016 862 ± 3.34% 30% 5% 27% 38%
Vox Populi Polling (R) June 19–20, 2016 530 ± 4.3% 15% 5% 19% 62%
Bay News 9/SurveyUSA June 25–27, 2016 618 ± 4.0% 21% 10% 30% 35%
St. Pete Polls August 2, 2016 1,807 ± 2.3% 20.1% 7.2% 44.7% 27.9%
Suffolk University August 1–3, 2016 194 ± 4.4% 17.2% 2.4% 35.7% 44.7%
St. Leo University August 14–18, 2016 532 ± 4.5% 17% 8% 48% 27%
Florida Chamber of Commerce August 17–22, 2016 258 ± 4.0% 11% 40% 38%
Florida Atlantic University August 19–22, 2016 364 8% 7% 54% 22%
Mason-Dixon August 22–24, 2016 400 ± 5% 22% 4% 55% 19%
  • * Internal poll for Alan Grayson

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[124]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Patrick Murphy 665,985 58.92%
Democratic Alan Grayson 199,929 17.72%
Democratic Pam Keith 173,919 15.40%
Democratic Rocky De La Fuente 60,810 5.38%
Democratic Reginald Luster 29,138 2.58%
Total votes 1,129,781 100.00%

County Results[edit]

Patrick Murphy Alan Grayson Pam Keith Rocky Da Le Fuente Reginald Luster Margin Total Votes
County # % # % # % # % # % # #
Alachua 11,002 5,365 6,659
Baker 840 371 488
Bay 3,177 2,287 2,168
Bradford 1,061 513 621
Brevard 15,477 7,912 4,696
Broward 84,920 13,696 15,755
Calhoun 636 812 584
Charlotte 4,310 1,456 1,866
Citrus 5,747 981 1,562
Clay 3,117 971 1,286
Collier 7,016 1,756 2,008
Columbia 2,507 795 1,013
DeSoto 1,184 490 615
Dixie 446 351 314
Duval 32,852 7,603 9,986
Escambia 6,099 2,439 5,357
Flagler 3,687 1,670 920
Franklin 742 578 357
Gadsden 5,003 2,714 1,282
Gilchrist 348 271 231
Glades 418 163 171
Gulf 512 403 264
Hamilton 1,095 418 266
Hardee 501 197 164
Hendry 1,269 280 380
Hernando 6,187 1,005 1,624
Highlands 2,510 559 778
Hillsborough 42,901 7,659 11,795
Holmes 443 533 379
Indian River 5,596 884 844
Jackson 2,217 2,275 1,483
Jefferson 1,537 894 442
Lafayette 490 432 265
Lake 7,209 4,276 2,032
Lee 14,417 4,757 5,818
Leon 20,988 8,302 5,093
Levy 899 582 579
Liberty 496 530 429
Madison 1,312 773 437
Manatee 12,989 1,851 2,806
Marion 8,391 4,817 3,359
Martin 7,128 569 495
Miami-Dade 67,408 12,495 17,112
Monroe 4,232 745 1,146
Nassau 1,798 480 579
Okaloosa 2,084 991 1,765
Okeechobee 1,072 165 229
Orange 25,325 26,432 7,957
Osceola 4,657 8,369 1,689
Palm Beach 67,712 10,268 7,549
Pasco 13,718 2,102 3,095
Pinellas 49,037 7,061 10,417
Polk 15,486 6,653 3,640
Putnam 2,575 1,130 1,363
St. Johns 5,697 1,242 1,427
St. Lucie 17,278 1,732 1,712
Santa Rosa 1,889 1,029 1,518
Sarasota 19,286 2,923 3,166
Seminole 9,320 6,001 2,943
Sumter 3,856 1,534 1,142
Suwannee 1,427 955 741
Taylor 1,176 820 476
Union 382 245 288
Volusia 17,647 8,818 4,598
Wakulla 1,724 1,241 768
Walton 807 498 378
Washington 631 810 550

Libertarian primary[edit]

On October 1, 2015, Adrian Wyllie and Lynn House, Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the Libertarian Party of Florida, resigned their seats in protest after the executive committee refused to oust candidate Augustus Invictus from the party. According to Wyllie, Invictus had defended eugenics, called for a new Civil War, and brutally slaughtered a goat, and is not representative of the Libertarian Party. Invictus has refuted these claims, calling Wyllie's accusations, "deliberate misrepresentation[s]."[192]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Paul Stanton
Individuals
Libertarian Party of Florida Affiliates
Organizations
  • Eastern Liberty Alliance PAC[196]
  • Ninjas for Liberty PAC[196]
Augustus Sol Invictus
Individuals
  • Keon A. Grayson, North Central, Miami-Dade County Community Councilman[207]
  • Steve Scheetz, former Chair of the Pennsylvania Libertarian Party[208]
  • Bill Wohlsifer, former candidate for Florida Attorney General[209]

Results[edit]

Libertarian primary results[124]
Party Candidate Votes %
Libertarian Paul Stanton 2,946 73.48%
Libertarian Augustus Sol Invictus 1,063 26.52%
Total votes 4,009 100.00%

Independent[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

No party affiliation[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared

General election[edit]

Debates[edit]

Dates Location Rubio Murphy Stanton Link
October 17, 2016 Orlando, Florida Participant Participant Not Invited Full debate
October 26, 2016 Davie, Florida Participant Participant Not Invited Full debate

Predictions[edit]

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[217] Lean R November 3, 2016
Sabato's Crystal Ball[218] Lean R October 20, 2016
Rothenberg Political Report[219] Lean R October 21, 2016
Daily Kos[220] Likely R October 7, 2016
Real Clear Politics[221] Tossup November 3, 2016

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Marco
Rubio (R)
Patrick
Murphy (D)
Paul
Stanton (L)
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling September 4–7, 2014 818 ± 3.4% 46% 41% 12%
Mason-Dixon March 3–5, 2015 800 ± 3.5% 50% 38% 12%
Public Policy Polling March 19–22, 2015 923 ± 3.2% 48% 41% 11%
Public Policy Polling September 11–13, 2015 814 ± 3.4% 46% 40% 14%
Associated Industries of Florida April 25–27, 2016 604 ± 5.0% 49% 41% 10%
Public Policy Polling June 2–5, 2016 737 ± 3.6% 43% 44% 13%
Public Policy Polling June 15–16, 2016 508 ± 4.4% 41% 42% 17%
Quinnipiac University June 8–19, 2016 975 ± 3.1% 47% 40% 13%
Bay News 9/SurveyUSA June 25–27, 2016 1,678 ± 2.4% 43% 43% 7% 8%
Quinnipiac University June 30 – July 11, 2016 1,015 ± 3.1% 50% 37% 1% 8%
NBC/WSJ/Marist July 5–11, 2016 871 ± 3.3% 47% 44% 2% 7%
JMC Analytics (R) July 9–10, 2016 700 ± 3.7% 40% 33% 5% 21%
Suffolk University August 1–3, 2016 500 ± 4.4% 46% 33% 21%
Quinnipiac University July 30 – August 7, 2016 1,056 ± 3.0% 48% 45% 7%
Public Policy Polling August 5–7, 2016 938 ± 3.2% 42% 40% 18%
NBC/WSJ/Marist August 4–10, 2016 862 ± 3.3% 49% 43% 3% 5%
Civis Analytics August 9–15, 2016 1,436 ± 2.8% 44% 45% 9%
FOX 13 Tampa Bay/Opinion Savvy August 10, 2016 622 ± 4.0% 45% 43% 12%
Monmouth University August 12–15, 2016 402 ± 4.9% 48% 43% 3% 5%
St. Leo University August 14–18, 2016 1,380 ± 3.0% 46% 38% 16%
Florida Atlantic University August 19–22, 2016 1,200 ± 2.7% 44% 39% 17%
iCitizen August 18–24, 2016 600 ± 4.0% 43% 42% 16%
Mason-Dixon August 22–24, 2016 625 ± 4.0% 46% 43% 11%
Public Policy Polling September 4–6, 2016 744 ± 3.6% 40% 37% 10% 13%
Quinnipiac University August 31 – September 7, 2016 601 ± 4.0% 50% 43% 1% 6%
JMC Analytics (R) September 7–8, 2016 781 ± 3.5% 43% 38% 4% 15%
Global Strategy Group September 6–11, 2016 800 ± 3.5% 47% 45% 8%
CNN/ORC September 7–12, 2016 788 LV ± 3.0% 54% 43% 1% 2%
886 RV 51% 45% 1% 4%
New York Times Upshot/Siena College September 10–14, 2016 867 ± 3.3% 48% 42% 8%
Saint Leo University September 10–16, 2016 502 ± 4.5% 44% 35% 21%
Monmouth University September 16–19, 2016 400 ± 4.9% 47% 45% 3% 5%
Florida Chamber of Commerce September 15–20, 2016 617 ± 4.0% 46% 42% 11%
Suffolk University September 19–21, 2016 500 ± 4.4% 43% 34% 2% 4% 17%
Public Policy Polling September 27–28, 2016 826 ± 3.4% 42% 35% 9% 15%
47% 44% 9%
Mason-Dixon September 27–29, 2016 820 ± 3.5% 47% 40% 5% 2% 6%
FOX 13 Tampa Bay/Opinion Savvy September 28–29, 2016 619 ± 4.0% 47% 43% 10%
Quinnipiac University September 27 – October 2, 2016 545 ± 4.2% 48% 44% 8%
University of North Florida September 27 – October 4, 2016 667 ± 3.8% 48% 41% 1% 10%
Emerson College October 2–4, 2016 600 ± 3.6% 47% 39% 6% 8%
Associated Industries of Florida October 2–5, 2016 600 ± 4.0% 49% 41% 1% 9%
NBC/WSJ/Marist October 3–5, 2016 700 ± 3.7% 48% 46% 2% 4%
FOX 13 Tampa Bay/Opinion Savvy October 10–11, 2016 533 ± 4.2% 48% 44% 8%

Public Policy Polling

October 12–13, 2016 985 ± 3.1% 44% 38% 6% 12%
48% 43% 9%
Washington Post/SurveyMonkey October 8–16, 2016 1,702 ± 0.5% 51% 45% 4%
Quinnipiac University October 10–16, 2016 660 ± 3.8% 49% 47% 4%
The Times-Picayune/Lucid October 17–18, 2016 892 ± 3.0% 45% 44% 11%
Florida Chamber of Commerce October 16–19, 2016 507 ± 4.4% 51% 37% 1% 11%
Associated Industries of Florida October 19, 2016 1,000 ± 3.1% 43% 38% 8% 11%
Google Consumer Surveys October 18–20, 2016 500 ± 4.2% 57% 38% 5%
FOX 13 Tampa Bay/Opinion Savvy October 20, 2016 538 ± 4.2% 46% 46% 8%
CBS News/YouGov October 20–21, 2016 1,042 ± 3.6% 44% 42% 6% 8%
Bay News 9/SurveyUSA October 20–24, 2016 1,251 ± 2.8% 45% 41% 6% 8%
Florida Atlantic University October 21–23, 2016 500 ± 4.3% 46% 42% 12%
Bloomberg/Selzer October 21–24, 2016 953 ± 3.2% 51% 41% 8%
University of North Florida October 20–25, 2016 836 ± 3.6% 49% 43% 8%
St. Leo University October 22–26, 2016 1,028 ± 3.0% 44% 39% 17%
Newsmax/Dixie Strategies (R) October 25–26, 2016 698 ± 3.7% 49% 43% 8%
NBC/WSJ/Marist October 25–26, 2016 779 LV ± 3.5% 51% 43% 4% 2%
990 RV ± 3.1% 50% 42% 4% 3%
Public Policy Polling October 25–26, 2016 742 ± 3.6% 46% 46% 8%
New York Times Upshot/Siena College October 25–27, 2016 814 ± 3.4% 51% 42% 5%
Emerson College October 26–27, 2016 500 ± 4.3% 49% 47% 3% 1%
TargetSmart/William & Mary October 25–28, 2016 718 ± 3.4% 49% 43% 7% 1%
SurveyMonkey October 25–31, 2016 2,809 ± 4.6% 49% 47% 4%
SurveyMonkey October 26 – November 1, 2016 2,715 ± 4.6% 49% 47% 4%
Quinnipiac University October 27 – November 1, 2016 626 ± 3.9% 50% 44% 1% 4%
CNN/ORC October 27 – November 1, 2016 773 LV ± 3.5% 49% 48% 2%
884 RV 50% 47% 3%
SurveyMonkey October 27 – November 2, 2016 2,901 ± 4.6% 49% 48% 3%
FOX 13 Tampa Bay/Opinion Savvy November 1–2, 2016 603 ± 4.0% 50% 46% 4%
SurveyMonkey October 28 – November 3, 2016 3,356 ± 4.6% 49% 49% 2%
CBS News/YouGov November 2–4, 2016 1,188 ± 3.6% 47% 44% 3% 6%
SurveyMonkey October 31 – November 6, 2016 3,574 ± 4.6% 48% 49% 3%
Alliance/ESA Poll November 2–6, 2016 875 ± 4.2% 51% 40% 9%
Quinnipiac University November 3–6, 2016 884 ± 3.3% 50% 43% 2% 5%
SurveyMonkey November 1–7, 2016 4,092 ± 4.6% 48% 49% 3%

General Election Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Florida, 2016 [222]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Marco A. Rubio (Incumbent) 4,835,191 51.98% +3.09%
Democratic Patrick E. Murphy 4,122,088 44.31% +24.11%
Libertarian Paul Stanton 196,956 2.12% +1.66%
Independent Bruce Nathan 52,451 0.56% N/A
Independent Tony Khoury 45,820 0.49% N/A
Independent Steven Machat 26,918 0.29% N/A
Independent Basil E. Dalack 22,236 0.24% N/A
Independent Write-ins 160 0.00% -0.0%
Majority 713,103 7.67% -11.52%
Turnout 9,301,820 71.9%[223] +23.65%
Total votes 9,301,820 100.00% +3,890,714
Republican hold Swing N/A

See also[edit]

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