Florida - Governor

as of November 1

The Candidates

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Alex Sink

  • Democrat
  • Birthdate: June 5, 1948
  • Residence: Thonotosassa, FL

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Rick Scott

  • Republican
  • Birthdate: December 1, 1952
  • Residence: Naples, FL

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Previous Results

    Florida Governor (2006)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Charlie Crist REP 2,519,845 52.2%
    Jim Davis DEM 2,178,289 45.1%
    Max Linn REF 92,595 1.9%
    John Wayne Smith IND 15,987 0.3%
    Richard Dembinsky IND 11,921 0.2%
    Karl Behm IND 10,486 0.2%

    U.S. President: Florida (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Barack Obama DEM 4,282,074 51%
    John McCain REP 4,045,624 48.2%
    Ralph Nader ECO 28,124 0.3%
    Bob Barr LIB 17,218 0.2%
    Chuck Baldwin CON 7,915 0.1%
    Brian Moore SOC 405 0%
    Thomas Stevens Obj 419 0%
    James Harris SOC 533 0%
    Charles Jay Bos 795 0%
    Gloria La Riva SOC 1,516 0%
    Alan Keyes AME 2,550 0%
    Cynthia McKinney GRE 2,887 0%
    Gene Amondson PRO 293 0%

    state Election Profile

Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

Nov 1, 2010

New NPR Rating

Lean-D (was Toss-up)

    Oct 31, 2010

    New Sabato's Crystal Ball Rating

    Lean-R (was Toss-up)

      Oct 19, 2010

      Fla. Rivals In Dead Heat

      What I came away with most during my two-day visit to Tallahassee last week is that Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Alex Sink are two flawed candidates in a dead heat. Scott seems to be a better and more relaxed campaigner, but he has serious baggage from his former stint as CEO of a hospital chain that paid a $1.7 billion fine for Medicare fraud. If "change" is the operative word in Florida, Scott, the anti-politician/first-time candidate/Tea Party favorite, wins. If it's about ethics and trustworthiness, Sink wins. -Ken Rudin

        Sep 1, 2010

        It's Sink Or Scott In Sunshine State

        Incumbent Charlie Crist, elected as a Republican in 2006, is leaving the race to run for the Senate as an independent.

        Republicans received a shock in their Aug. 24 primary, as the establishment candidate, state Attorney General Bill McCollum, fell to millionaire businessman Rick Scott. The primary was a nasty affair, as Scott portrayed McCollum as a "politics as usual" example of the status quo, while McCollum pointed out that Scott had been the CEO of a hospital chain that was hit with a $1.7 billion fine for Medicare fraud. Sitting back and enjoying the fracas was the Democratic nominee, Alex Sink, the state's chief financial officer (an elected position). If Sink wins, she'll be the state's first female governor and the first Democrat to win the office since 1994, when Lawton Chiles was re-elected.

        Sink got good news late in the summer when Chiles' son, Bud, ended his independent candidacy, which had threatened to split the Democratic vote. For Scott to win, he's going to have to move his party past the bitterness that it experienced in the primary.
        -Ken Rudin

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