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Election 2014


  1. Gov. Scott's low-key second inaugural: no black tie ball, just barbecues

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's second inaugural celebration will be much more low-key than his first one and a lot less expensive, too.

  2. Florida's 2014 election by the numbers shows Gov. Rick Scott won by 64,145 votes

    State Roundup

    Florida's 2014 election results were certified Tuesday, and Republican Gov. Rick Scott defeated Democrat Charlie Crist by 64,145 votes, a margin of 1.07 percent. More than 75,000 voters skipped the race for governor, a sign of the widespread disapproval of both candidates. Despite a mediocre statewide turnout of 50.5 …

    Gov. Rick Scott’s winning percentage in the 2014 elections was the smallest in a governor’s race since 1916.
  3. PolitiFact Florida: Amendment 2 got more votes than most recent governors

    State Roundup

    Floridians turned down a state constitutional amendment for medical marijuana, but it's clear that a majority of voters were all for the idea.

  4. Florida Democrats, depressed by 'rotten' election, struggle to move forward

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Demoralized after their brutal midterm election losses, Florida Democrats are again battling one another and now face an even tougher challenge of rebuilding.

    Allison Tant, chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party, on Thursday announced a task force headed by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, pictured, to attack the party's most glaring weakness: a failure to recruit capable and well-funded candidates for the Legislature, Congress and statewide offices. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  5. Election altered balance of Florida's school choice debate

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The state representatives who lost their seats last week had more in common than their political party.

  1. Fender bender holds up Charlie Crist bus tour (w/video)

    Gubernatorial

    The yellow school bus carrying Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist was about to leave Orlando on Thursday — and then it got clipped by a gray Dodge.

    Nobody was injured.

    Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist and his running mate, Annette Taddeo, comfort Tina Pun after she clipped their campaign bus in Orlando on Thursday.
  2. Plan for Crist-sponsored race car at Daytona screeches to halt

    Gubernatorial

    The red flag has been waved on Charlie Crist at the Daytona International Speedway.

    NASCAR driver Josh Wise’s crew services his car during Sprint Cup practice at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday. The Charlie Crist stickers have since been removed.
  3. Fox announces fourth Florida gubernatorial TV debate

    State Roundup

    Gov. Rick Scott and his Democratic challenger could be spending a lot of time under the TV lights in the fall.

    Gov. Rick Scott faces his first post-primary debate against a challenger Sept. 29.
  4. 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.
  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. David Jolly isn't yet worrying about Beverly Young's 2016 challenge

    Blogs

    U.S. Rep. David Jolly expressed concern about plenty of issues during the Suncoast Tiger Bay political club luncheon in St. Petersburg on Monday, but the 2016 election wasn't one of them.

  2. U.S. Rep. David Jolly on his 'purple' Pinellas district

    Local

    Newly elected U.S. Rep. David Jolly sat down with Times staff writer Curtis Krueger this week, just prior to a scheduled news conference about Veterans Affairs issues. Jolly, R-Indian Shores, won a hard-fought and close election March 11 and now represents people in Pinellas County's District 13, which extends …

  3. Sunshine

    Blogs

    Good morning. It's Wednesday, May 14, 2014, and let's start with something you don't see every day -- this sentence: The governor made the correct decision.

    Meanwhile ...

  4. 'Democrat' and Libertarian file to run against Jolly in Pinellas congressional race

    Politics

    The Democratic Party's new candidate for Congress in Pinellas County is an unknown who lives in Tampa and — in what may be a first — can't actually run as a Democrat.

    Ed Jany
  5. Pinellas Democrat drops out of race; deadline is today

    Elections

    Eric Lynn, considered a possible Democratic candidate to run for Congress in Pinellas County, has decided not to enter the race.