Florida governor

In this podcast, host Robin Sussingham talks to political reporter and Tampa Bay Times correspondent William March and WUSF News Director Mary Shedden about the goings-on in Florida's political scene. There's enough controversy to keep it interesting. Comparisons to an episode of "Survivor" are made.


Florida Agriculture Commissioner Republican Adam Putnam made a campaign stop in Fort Myers Tuesday in his bid to be the next governor of Florida. 


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Orlando attorney John Morgan continued his flirtation with running for governor during a stop Wednesday in St. Petersburg. There, he didn't hide his opinions.

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The leading Democrats running for Florida governor met with gay and lesbian party members Saturday in an event that at times was touching and personal, and served as a reminder that Florida is a place where people can still be discriminated against because of who they love.

Latvala Rolls Out Campaign For Governor

Aug 17, 2017
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State Senator Jack Latvala kicked off his campaign for governor Wednesday with a multi-city tour around the state. He received a warm welcome from his home base in Pinellas County when he gave a speech at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

Former North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum say Governor Rick Scott’s address to lawmakers is off the mark. Gillum has already declared his 2018 gubernatorial candidacy and Tuesday Graham moved a step closer to declaring her own plans.


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Just as the doors close on the presidential race, candidates are lining up to run for Florida governor in 2018.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is the first Democrat to announce his candidacy. There’s also been speculation that Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has his eye on the governor’s mansion.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is making it official with a social media post -- he's running for governor.

Florida’s 2014 election cycle ended with disappointment for Democrats and many victories for Republicans.

Florida GOP wins include the gubernatorial race, the Cabinet—particularly the Attorney General’s race—and gaining a supermajority in the Florida House after several Democrats lost some seats.

“Well, obviously we got beat,” said Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant. “We got beat across the nation. We got beat in Florida.”

She says the party is now looking to move forward to do better in future races.

A Quinnipiac University poll shows the race between Democrat Charlie Crist and Republican Gov. Rick Scott is still tight.

Crist was supported by 43 percent of those polled while Scott received support from 40 percent. But the survey released Thursday has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent, making the race a statistical tie.

Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie received 8 percent support in the poll.

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Former President Bill Clinton was in Florida Sunday to campaign on behalf of Charlie Crist, a former Republican and former governor who is now the Democratic gubernatorial candidate. 

"Charlie Crist will get the show on the road from Florida," Clinton told a crowd of about 1,000 Crist supporters at Cyrus Greene Park in East Tampa. "And he will grow the economy from the middle out ... he believes we ought to do this together."

Scott, Crist Turn Up Heat in Final Debate

Oct 22, 2014

In their final --- and most heated --- debate before the Nov. 4 election, incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist came out swinging Tuesday night, excoriating each other's records as the state's chief executive and each painting his rival as out of touch with everyday Floridians.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist took opposing sides on the same-sex marriage question during their latest debate.

Scott told the statewide television audience Wednesday that he supports traditional marriage but ultimately it is a question the courts will decide.

Crist said he supports same-sex marriage but agreed the courts will decide.

The 2014 gubernatorial election is being watched by politics buffs across the nation. It's a competitive race, and Florida voters will have plenty to decide on.

In preparation for our coverage of the first English-language debate, public radio stations across the state have worked together to bring you stories about some of Florida's big issues.

Click on the icons to see what Floridians across the state are voting on.


New Poll: All Tied Up in Florida Governor's Race

Oct 15, 2014

The exclusive poll finds 40 percent of likely voters supporting Charlie Crist, 40 percent backing Rick Scott, and 6 percent for Libertarian nominee Adrian Wyllie. Independent voters have broken toward Crist since a September poll from the Times' partners showed Scott leading by 5 percentage points and voters' already negative impressions of the governor have grown even worse.

Need an example of how incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott and his Democratic opponent, Charlie Crist, are trying to attract every possible vote?

Ask them about medical marijuana. Neither candidate avoids the issue. But they do play it safe.

  “I’m going to vote against it. But it’s going to be on the ballot. All the citizens of the state have the right to vote whichever way they think,” Scott told Tampa’s Fox 13 News this past June.

Florida is home to the most expensive race in the country this midterm election — one of the nation's closest and nastiest gubernatorial contests.

Governor Rick Scott and his Democratic challenger, Charlie Crist, meet for their second debate of the campaign on Wednesday at Broward College in Pembroke Pines.

During their first debate encounter last week, the candidates showed their differences on most of the state's big issues -- including whether to expand Medicaid to cover people who now earn too much for the program but not enough for an Affordable Care Act policy. 

New Gov. Poll: Scott leads Crist by 3 Points

Oct 6, 2014

The YouGov/CBS News/New York Times online survey finds Scott leading Crist 47-44 percent, when leaners are included. Without leaners, Scott leads 44-40 percent. Additionally, "others" receives 1 percent and 8 percent are not sure. Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie was not offered as an option.

The avalanche of negative ads that are permeating both sides of the race for governor is bound to turn off a lot of voters from going to the polls in November. That's the word from USF political science professor Susan MacManus, who says this is having a corrosive effect on democracy. She tells WUSF's Steve Newborn that all this negativity may persuade undecided voters to sit this one out.

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Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew, who guided the state through a period of school busing to achieve integration in the 1970s, died early Thursday. He was 85.

Askew died surrounded by family members at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Ron Sachs, a former aide and family spokesman, told The Associated Press.

Askew was admitted to the hospital Saturday, his family said. Over the past three months, he has suffered from aspiration pneumonia, hip surgery and, most recently, a stroke.

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It looks like former Gov. Charlie Crist will make a run to get his old job back and he hopes that a hug that hurt him becomes the hug that now heals him.

Democratic President Barack Obama embraced Crist, then Florida’s Republican governor, at a 2009 rally. Republican Marco Rubio used the image to successfully chase Crist from the GOP and defeat Crist, running as an independent, in the 2010 U.S. Senate race. Now Gov. Rick Scott also is using the hug to attack Crist.

The difference is Crist is now a Democrat and embracing the hug.

If you're looking for the most interesting gubernatorial races to watch in the coming year, the nation's biggest states are a good place to start.

Democrats Jerry Brown and Andrew Cuomo look like safe bets for re-election in California and New York, respectively. And, despite the pending retirement of Rick Perry, Republicans are confident of maintaining their hold on the governor's mansion in Texas.

Poll: Crist Leads Scott in 2014 Governor's Matchup

Mar 20, 2013

Former Gov. Charlie Crist was favored by 50 percent, while Gov. Rick Scott was preferred by 34 percent in a survey of 1,000 registered voters conducted March 13-18 by the Quinnipiac (Conn.) University Polling Institute. It also showed that Democrat Alex Sink, who lost to Scott in 2010, would defeat the governor by a margin of 45 percent to 34 percent if the election were now. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.