Election 2014

  1. Tea party candidate Curt Clawson wins Republican primary to replace former Rep. Trey Radel

    National

    WASHINGTON — Curt Clawson, a businessman who was little known months ago in Southwest Florida, won a contentious GOP primary Tuesday to fill the U.S. House seat left open by the scandalous downfall of Trey Radel.

     Curt Clawson celebrates along with a cheering crowd at his election party at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Fla., after officially winning the special election in the Congressional District 19 Republican primary, on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
  2. Charlie Crist blasts Rick Scott in speech as 'a disaster' for Florida

    Elections

    TALLAHASSEE — Facing a friendly Democratic crowd Tuesday, Charlie Crist called Gov. Rick Scott "a disaster" for Florida and predicted "the nightmare will be over" when he wins in November.

    Charlie Crist made the remarks at an event in Tallahassee.
  3. In a nod to changing demographics, Gov. Rick Scott airing early Spanish-language campaign ad

    Elections

    Gov. Rick Scott this week begins airing his campaign's first Spanish-language TV commercial, an earlier-than-usual Hispanic outreach effort that reflects Florida's changing demographics as well as the depth of the Republican's aggressive $6 million ad blitz .

  4. Charlie Crist's gubernatorial challenge: motivating South Florida Democrats

    National

    WEST PALM BEACH — Sam Oser is 88, and he wants to live long enough to see a Democrat get elected governor of Florida again — even one who used to be a Republican.

    Charlie Crist joins volunteers to hope a campaign office Saturday in Broward County.
  5. Immigrant tuition bill reopens rift in Florida Republican Party

    College

    Gov. Rick Scott was just about to kick his Hispanic outreach campaign into gear when two top Republicans in the Florida Senate complicated the effort by unexpectedly blocking a priority bill that would give in-state tuition rates to some undocumented immigrants.

  1. Charlie Crist blasts Rick Scott in speech as 'a disaster' for Florida

    Elections

    TALLAHASSEE — Facing a friendly Democratic crowd Tuesday, Charlie Crist called Gov. Rick Scott "a disaster" for Florida and predicted "the nightmare will be over" when he wins in November.

    Charlie Crist made the remarks at an event in Tallahassee.
  2. Immigrant tuition bill reopens rift in Florida Republican Party

    College

    Gov. Rick Scott was just about to kick his Hispanic outreach campaign into gear when two top Republicans in the Florida Senate complicated the effort by unexpectedly blocking a priority bill that would give in-state tuition rates to some undocumented immigrants.

  3. Steve Bousquet: Rick Scott, Charlie Crist typify strangeness of Florida politics

    National

    V.O. Key, a political scientist at Harvard, wrote a book in 1949 called Southern Politics in State and Nation. The Florida he found was a place where it was "almost literally every candidate for himself."

  4. Charlie Crist wraps up publicity-generating book tour in St. Petersburg

    National

    ST. PETERSBURG — How do you run for governor against someone planning to spend $100 million to defeat you?

    Charlie Crist arrives Saturday with Vito Sheeley, left, and Watson Haynes of the Pinellas County Urban League at Haslam’s Book Store in St. Petersburg, where Crist signed copies of his book.
  5. New poll on Florida governor's race: Charlie Crist 46%, Rick Scott 38%

    Elections

    The central message of Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign — that he's the one best suited to keep improving Florida's economy — so far isn't convincing most Floridians, a new poll shows.

    Former Gov. Charlie Crist announced in November that he would run for governor as a Democrat.
  1. Beverly Young rips Rep. David Jolly for letting her husband's staff go

    National

    Beverly Young, widow of the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young, is upset with David Jolly for not retaining her husband's legislative staff.

  2. Libertarian Lucas Overby will not seek District 13 seat in the fall

    Elections

    Lucas Overby, a Libertarian who won nearly 5-percent of the vote in last month's special congressional election in Pinellas County, said he has decided not to run for the seat in the regularly scheduled election this fall.

  3. Democrat Sykes to run for Pinellas congressional seat

    Elections

    The Rev. Manuel Sykes, of St. Petersburg's Bethel Community Baptist Church, said he plans to run for Congress.

    The Rev. Manuel Sykes, a Democrat, plans to enter Pinellas’ District 13 race.
  4. Alex Sink won't challenge David Jolly for District 13 seat in November

    National

    Democrat Alex Sink has decided not to run for Congress this fall, a move that could benefit newly elected Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly.

  5. Jolly votes against GOP budget: 'I simply kept my word.'

    Elections

    In his first high-profile vote in the U.S. House, Pinellas County's newly elected congressman David Jolly voted against the GOP's Ryan budget proposal on Thursday, becoming one of just 12 Republicans to do so.

    U.S. Rep. David Jolly says that he kept his word and explained his position to Republican leaders.