Florida Election Results 2018

Counting them up in the Sunshine State.

Florida Election Results 2018

From the biggest and sunniest swing state in America, it’s the Florida election results 2018.

The Sunshine State is famous for its close elections, with the 2000 Bush-Gore vote among its greatest hits. In 2018, the state delivered not one but two nailbiter statewide elections. See who won, who took each county, and how the state’s other races unfolded.

Democrats hoped for gains across the board, but as you will see, it was a mixed bag at best.

Florida Election Results 2018: Governor & Lieutenant Governor

Florida Governor Election Results 2018

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) was elected governor, succeeding Rick Scott. This was a Republican hold.

Despite leading in the polls for most of the general election campaign, Democrats continued their losing streak in the governor’s race. The last Democrat to win an election for the gubernatorial chair in Tallahassee was Lawton Chiles in 1994. Democrats thought this was their year, but instead, they have now lost six in a row.

The state’s new lieutenant governor will be Jeanette Núñez, formerly the Speaker pro tempore of the Florida House of Representatives.

Florida Election Results 2018: Attorney General

Ashley Moody (R) — 4,232,532 (52.11%)
Sean Shaw (D) — 3,744,912 (46.10%)
Jeffrey Siskind (Ind) — 145,296 (1.79%)

Ashley Moody was elected the state’s new attorney general. She will succeed Pam Bondi (R). Moody was a circuit court judge for 10 years.

Florida Election Results 2018: Chief Financial Officer

Jimmy Patronis (R)* — 4,152,221 (51.74%)
Jeremy Ring (D) — 3,872,540 (48.26%)

Incumbent Jimmy Patronis (R) was elected to a full term as Florida’s CFO. He assumed office in 2017 and had served for eight years as a state representative.

Florida Election Results 2018: Commissioner of Agriculture

Nikki Fried (D) — 4,032,954 (50.04%) — GAIN
Matt Caldwell (R) — 4,026,201 (49.96%)

Nikki Fried (D) was elected Commissioner of Agriculture to succeed Adam Putnam; this is a Democratic gain from the Republicans. This victory by Fried prevented a Republican sweep of Florida statewide elections. She will become the first Democratic Commissioner of Agriculture since 2001.

Florida Election Results 2018: US Senate

Florida US Senate Election Results 2018

Rick Scott (R) was elected to the US Senate, defeating three-term incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson. When Scott takes office in 2019, the Republicans will have both of Florida’s Senate seats for the first time since the end of the 43rd Congress in 1875.

Florida Election Results 2018: US House

Please Note: Write-in candidate totals are not included below.

Florida-01 (Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, DeFuniak Springs)
Matt Gaetz (R)* — 216,189 (67.06%)
Jennifer Zimmerman (D) — 106,199 (32.94%)
Florida-02 (Tallahassee [part], Panama City, Cedar Key)
Neal Dunn (R)* — 199,335 (67.44%)
Bob Rackleff (D) — 96,233 (32.56%)
Florida-03 (Ocala, Gainesville, Palatka)
Ted Yoho (R)* — 176,616 (57.62%)
Yvonne Hayes Hinson (D) — 129,880 (42.38%)
Florida-04 (St. Augustine, Fernandina Beach, Jacksonville [part])
John Rutherford (R)* — 248,420 (65.16%)
George Selmont (D) — 123,351 (32.35%)
Joceline Berrios (Ind) — 7,155 (1.88%)
Jason Bulger (Ind) — 2,321 (0.61%)
Florida-05 (Tallahassee [part], Madison, Jacksonville [part])
Al Lawson (D)* — 180,527 (66.78%)
Virginia Fuller (R) — 89,799 (33.22%)
Florida-06 (Daytona Beach, Deltona, Palm Coast)
Mike Waltz (R) — 187,891 (56.31%)
Nancy Soderberg (D) — 145,758 (43.69%)
Florida-07 (Orlando [part], Sanford)
Stephanie Murphy (D)* — 183,113 (57.69%)
Mike Miller (R) — 134,285 (42.31%)
Florida-08 (Cocoa, Melbourne, Vero Beach)
Bill Posey (R)* — 218,112 (60.50%)
Sanjay Patel (D) — 142,415 (39.50%)
Florida-09 (Kissimmee, Winter Haven, Orlando [part])
Darren Soto (D)* — 172,172 (58.02%)
Wayne Liebnitzky (R) — 124,565 (41.98%)
Florida-10 (Orlando [part], Apopka)
Val Demings (D)* — Unopposed
Florida-11 (Spring Hill, Bushnell, The Villages)
Dan Webster (R)* — 239,395 (65.14%)
Dana Cottrell (D) — 128,053 (34.84%)
Florida-12 (Dade City, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin)
Gus Bilirakis (R)* — 194,564 (58.09%)
Chris Hunter (D) — 132,844 (39.66%)
Angelika Purkis (Ind) — 7,510 (2.24%)
Florida-13 (Saint Petersburg, Largo, Clearwater)
Charlie Crist (D)* — 182,717 (57.64%)
George Buck (R) — 134,254 (42.36%)
Florida-14 (Tampa, Lutz)
Kathy Castor (D)* — Unopposed
Florida-15 (Brandon, Lakeland, Lake Louisa)
Ross Spano (R) — 151,380 (53.02%)
Kristen Carlson (D) — 134,132 (46.98%)
Florida-16 (Sarasota, Bradenton)
Vern Buchanan (R)* — 197,483 (54.56%)
David Shapiro (D) — 164,463 (45.44%)
Florida-17 (Punta Gorda, Venice, Okeechobee)
Greg Steube (R) — 193,326 (62.26%)
Allen Ellison (D) — 117,194 (37.74%)
Florida-18 (Port St. Lucie, Indiantown, Juno Beach)
Brian Mast (R)* — 185,905 (54.30%)
Lauren Baer (D) — 156,454 (45.70%)
Florida-19 (Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Naples)
Francis Rooney (R)* — 211,465 (62,27%)
David Holden (D) — 128,106 (37.72%)
Florida-20 (Palm Beach [part], Fort Lauderdale [part], Miramar [part])
Alcee Hastings (D)* — Unopposed
Florida-21 (Palm Beach [part], Boynton Beach, Delray Beach)
Lois Frankel (D)* — Unopposed
Florida-22 (Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale [part], Deerfield Beach)
Ted Deutch (D)* — 184,634 (62.02%)
Nicolas Kimaz (R) — 113,049 (37.98%)
Florida-23 (Hollywood Beach, Davie, Weston)
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)* — 161,611 (58.48%)
Joe Kaufman (R) — 99,446 (35.98%)
Tim Canova (Ind) — 13,697 (4.96%)
Don Endriss (Ind) — 1,612 (0.58%)
Florida-24 (Miami [part], Opa Locka, Miami Gardens)
Frederica Wilson (D)* — Unopposed
Florida-25 (Hialeah, Big Cypress, LaBelle)
Mario Diaz-Balart (R)* — 128,672 (60.45%)
Mary Barzee Flores (D) — 84,173 (39.55%)
Florida-26 (Florida Keys, Homestead, Kendall Lakes)
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) — 119,797 (50.87%) — GAIN
Carlos Curbelo (R)* — 115,678 (49.13%)
Florida-27 (Miami [part], Kendall, Palmetto Bay)
Donna Shalala (D) — 130,743 (51.76%) — GAIN
Maria Elvira Salazar (R) — 115,588 (45.76%)
Mayra Joli (Ind) — 6,255 (2.48%)

Florida Election Results 2018: State Amendments

Note: An amedment must receive at least 60 percent of the vote to pass.

Amendment 1: Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption
YES — 4,560,689 (58.06%)
NO — 3,293,867 (41.94%)
Amendment 2: Limitations on Property Tax Assessments
YES — 5,162,544 (66.49%)
NO — 2,601,316 (33.51%)
Amendment 3: Voter Control of Gambling
YES — 5,676,456 (71.47%)
NO — 2,266,516 (28.53%)
Amendment 4: Voting Restoration for Felons
YES — 5,148,926 (64.55%)
NO — 2,828,339 (35.45%)
Amendment 5: 2/3 Majority For Tax Increase or Imposition
YES — 5,164,658 (65.73%)
NO — 2,693,174 (34.27%)
Amendment 6: Constitutional Rights for Crime Victims & Judicial Mandatory Retirement Age 75
YES — 4,835,950 (61.61%)
NO — 3,013,601 (38.39%)
Amendment 7: First Responder & Military Survivor Benefits & Public Colleges/Universities
YES — 5,148,300 (65.76%)
NO — 2,680,942 (34.24%)
Amendment 9: Offshore Drilling & Indoor Vaping Prohibition
YES — 5,415,308 (68.92%)
NO — 2,442,410 (31.08%)
Amendment 10: State & Local Government Structure
YES — 4,847,740 (63.15%)
NO — 2,828,607 (36.85%)
Amendment 11: Changes Property Rights Language et al.
YES — 4,680,526 (62.13%)
NO — 2,852,468 (37.87%)
Amendment 12: Restricting Lobbying/Abuse of Public Office
YES — 6,116,404 (78.92%)
NO — 1,633,249 (21.08%)
Amendment 13: Banning Dog Racing
YES — 5,407,543 (69.06%)
NO — 2,423,126 (30.94%)

Florida Election Results 2018: State Senate

Florida State Senate Election Results 2018

Democrats made modest gains in the Florida Senate, but the Republicans retained their overall majority.

Florida Election Results 2018: State House

Florida State Senate Election Results 2018

Success was a little greater for House Democrats in terms of seats gained, but the long-lasting Republican majority in Florida is substantial.

Florida Election Results 2018: Analysis

Forget the Senate race for a minute: the governor’s race is going to be the one that got away for the Democrats. Polling accurately predicted a Democratic wave nationwide, but it missed on both of Florida’s biggest races (for the most part). This is particularly true in the gubernatorial election, where almost all general election polls showed Andrew Gillum (D) on track to win. Only a small handful in September, October, and November had Ron DeSantis ahead. (Link: RealClear Politics)

You may also recall how few surveys gave Gillum a chance in the Democratic primary; most showed Gwen Graham as the frontrunner.

On a night where they otherwise had a great deal to celebrate, Florida gave the Democrats a mixed result. They gained two US House seats and made inroads in the State Legislature, but blew the governor’s race and got picked off in the Senate race to increase the GOP majority. Florida keeps finding ways to give equal parts jubilation and frustration to both parties, which is what makes it the swing state that it is.

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