Governor's race

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U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis rode President Trump's endorsement to victory in Florida's Republican primary for governor Tuesday, defeating a longtime favorite of the Republican establishment with a campaign based largely around the president.

We're only weeks away from the state’s primary election; Florida’s Stand Your Ground law is back in the news; and a new transportation initiative may be on its way to the November ballot. We talk about these issues and more on our monthly news roundtable.

Host Robin Sussingham talks to Steve Contorno, a reporter for the Tampa Bay Times; WUSF reporter Cathy Carter; and Janelle Irwin with the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

The need for gun reform is top of mind for the four Democratic candidates running for Governor. They discussed that during their first televised debate.

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, the only woman in Florida's governor's race, said Thursday she has a unique perspective that will allow her to address what she calls a sexual harassment epidemic in state government.


It was as tight a race as predicted.

When all the votes were finally counted, Republican Gov. Rick Scott won re-election over former governor and Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist.

USF political science professor John Bertalan did political analysis for WUSF News during last night's election coverage.

WUSF's Craig Kopp talks with Bertalan about the big races in yesterday's Florida election -- especially the second razor-thin win by Rick Scott.


 The outcome in Florida's brutal and expensive race for governor is likely to be historic regardless of what happens on Election Day.

Incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist have been locked in a tight race for weeks now that has been bitter and personal. Scott is trying to become the second GOP governor ever in state history to win re-election and it would be remarkable since his approval ratings have never been over 50 percent.

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The race between Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his Democratic challenger, Charlie Crist, remains essentially tied as the campaign enters its final day.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday showed Crist had 42 percent of the vote to Scott's 41 percent. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie had 7 percent with 9 percent undecided.

A Quinnipiac poll last week showed Crist with a 43-40 lead.

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Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Republican-turned-Democrat former Gov. Charlie Crist have each spent tens of millions of dollars on a tight race and turned Sunday to popular party figures to help them in the homestretch.

Vice President Joe Biden appeared with Crist at an event targeting Hispanic voters at Florida International University and then attended a rally at a black church in Fort Lauderdale. At the first stop, he noted the growing influence of Hispanics and said they could be at the point where they decide the outcome of this and every future election.

There's a chance that Florida's bitter - and expensive - governor's race between Gov. Scott and Crist could trigger a recount - a word that sends shudders through the state.

What triggers a recount? No one can request a recount. For statewide races, it is ordered by the secretary of state.

Poll: Independents Give Crist Slight Lead Over Scott

Nov 1, 2014

Pointing to support from independent voters, a poll released Thursday gives Democrat Charlie Crist a slight edge over Republican Gov. Rick Scott as they head into the frantic final days of this year's campaign.

Crist has the support of 43 percent of likely voters, while Scott has 40 percent and Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie is at 8 percent, according to the Quinnipiac University poll.

With just over a week left until election day Gov. Rick Scott's "Get Out the Early Vote" bus tour made a stop in New Tampa Friday. Scott made some brief remarks to a group of supporters in a small cafe to encourage them to head to the polls.

"We're on our bus, we're getting the vote out. If you have an absentee ballot, vote it. We need all the votes. And early voting, vote now. The earlier you vote, get those votes in," said Scott.

The Florida governor’s election between former Gov. Charlie Crist and incumbent Gov. Rick Scott is essentially tied, according to a new poll from the Saint Leo University Polling Institute.

With less than two weeks before the election, Crist leads, 43-40 percent, with Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie pulling 8 percent, and 9 percent of likely voters saying they are undecided.

Crist’s lead is within the poll’s margin of error, and the race can be described as a statistical tie.

The race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Republican-turned-Democrat former Gov. Charlie Crist is a dead heat with two weeks left.

That's according to a Quinnipiac University poll of likely Florida voters released Wednesday.

The poll shows that 42 percent of likely voters prefer Scott, and 42 percent prefer Crist, while 7 percent say they'd vote for Libertarian Adrian Wyllie.

The poll shows that neither candidate is viewed favorably.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, and former Gov. Charlie Crist, a Democrat, are running for governor. Here's a quick look at where they stand on several major issues:

ECONOMY/JOBS: Gov. Scott contends his push for tax cuts, taxpayer incentives and streamlining regulations has helped the state recover from the Great Recession. Scott wants to continue these policies, including pushing for another $1 billion in tax cuts over the next two years. Crist has criticized the use of the incentives and says more should be done to help Florida-based businesses.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Republican-turned-Democrat former Gov. Charlie Crist are squaring off in their final debate.

The debate, which starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, will be held at the studios of Jacksonville television station WJXT. It will be broadcast live on CNN.

Last week's live debate drew national attention and ridicule because the start was delayed by several minutes.

By many measures, Republican Rick Scott should have a strong case for a second term as governor.

Elected four years ago, the former businessman reduced taxes, cut regulations and recruited businesses to help revive the economy. Florida is bouncing back, and Scott is claiming credit for adding 613,000 jobs and trimming unemployment to 6.1 percent.

But along this stretch of Central Florida, a crucial swing-voting area, the numbers are little more than an abstraction to middle-class voters who see a tepid turnaround.

Governor's Debate Blown Away By Fan Dispute (But There were Other Issues, Too)

Oct 15, 2014
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After tens of millions of dollars worth of television commercials and the slinging of massive amounts of mud, could the Florida gubernatorial election come down to an electric fan?

In the latest strange chapter in the always-fascinating politics of Florida, Gov. Rick Scott skipped the first few minutes of a televised debate Wednesday with his Democratic challenger, former Gov. Charlie Crist, because of the presence of an electric fan at Crist's feet.

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.


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If Charlie Crist returns to Florida's governor's office, he plans to sign some executive orders as his first order of business, he said Tuesday in St. Petersburg.

His plan would address areas popular with Democratic voters. Crist would raise the minimum wage for state contractors and promote equal pay for women at companies doing business with the state. He would require the state to hire Florida companies as subcontractors whenever possible.