Election 2014

  1. 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.
  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. Lizbeth Benacquisto gets benefit of state GOP money in District 19 primary

    National

    The Republican Party of Florida says it does not engage in GOP primaries, but nearly $300,000 of its money has landed in a Super PAC supporting congressional candidate Lizbeth Benacquisto, newly filed campaign finance records show.

  4. Gov. Rick Scott to Charlie Crist: Win your primary and then maybe we'll debate

    Elections

    "Give me Scott."

    Democrat Charlie Crist issued that implicit debate challenge to Gov. Rick Scott during an impromptu caught-on-video meeting Monday with Lt. Gov. Carlos-Lopez Cantera.

  5. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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."

  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Next governor may put stamp on Florida Supreme Court

    Courts

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida's 2014 governor's race may become an expensive popularity contest over who steers the state in the next four years but one little-discussed job — the power to appoint — could give the next governor a legacy that lasts much longer.

    Charlie Crist aims to make the court a campaign issue.
  1. 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.

  2. 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.
  3. Sink still considers another Pinellas congressional bid

    Elections

    As Democrat Alex Sink ponders whether to run for Congress again, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is starting to contact Pinellas voters with automated phone calls criticizing a Republican budget proposal.

    Alex Sink narrowly lost in March, her second close defeat.
  4. New congressman David Jolly meets with St. Petersburg mayor

    Politics

    ST. PETERSBURG — U.S. Rep. David Jolly has been making the rounds with local elected officials since his March 11 election, most recently meeting Thursday with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman.

    Republican David Jolly narrowly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in a hard-fought campaign.
  5. Five takeaways from Pinellas congressional election

    Elections

    A day after Alex Sink lost Pinellas County's congressional campaign, a national Democratic leader urged her to run again, saying "she will win in November."