On This Day In 1978: Bob Graham Wins Florida Dem Primary Runoff

Oct. 5, 1978:

Bob Graham for Governor

Florida State Sen. Bob Graham, who trailed state Attorney General Robert Shevin by 100,000 votes in the initial Democratic gubernatorial primary in September, comes back to defeat Shevin in the runoff.

Both candidates are from the Miami area, but Graham sweeps the northern and central areas of the state. With a running mate from the northern Panhandle part of the state, the winning team becomes known as the Graham-cracker ticket. Graham will defeat Republican millionaire businessman Jack Eckerd in November and succeed term-limited Gov. Reubin Askew. He will be re-elected in 1982 and then oust Paula Hawkins (R) from her Senate seat in 1986 for the first of his three terms.

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