The 2018 Florida gubernatorial election will be held on November 6, 2018, alongside a U.S. Senate election, U.S. House elections, and other state and local elections. Incumbent two-term Republican Governor Rick Scott is term-limited. Florida elects its Governor and Lieutenant Governor on a joint ticket.
The candidate filing deadline for this gubernatorial race was on June 22, 2018, with primary elections being held on August 28, 2018. Florida uses a closed primary process, in which the selection of each party’s candidates for a general election is limited to registered members of that party.
A Democratic candidate has not won a gubernatorial election in Florida since 1994 when Governor Lawton Chiles was elected to a second term.
The winner of this election will be involved in the redistricting process following the 2020 Census. Under Florida state law, the state legislature is responsible for drawing boundaries for Congressional and state legislative seats. The governor has the power to veto U.S. House boundaries, but not state legislative ones.
Nearly 100,000 Puerto Ricans, a largely Democratic voter demographic, have moved to Florida after the island was ravaged by Hurricane Maria in September 2017. It is expected that this large influx of potential voters could drastically reshape future elections.
Andrew Gillum, Mayor of Tallahassee since 2014
Eliminated in primary
Gwen Graham, U.S. Representative for FL-2 2015–2017, daughter of former Governor and Senator Bob Graham
Jeff Greene, real estate billionaire and candidate for U.S. Senate in 2010
Chris King, entrepreneur and founder of Elevation Financial Group
Philip Levine, Mayor of Miami Beach 2013–2017
Alex “Lundy” Lundmark
John Wetherbee, entrepreneur
Henry E. Davis
Richard Paul Dembinsky, candidate for U.S. Representative for FL-6 in 2016; Independent candidate for Governor in 2006
Lucretia Fordyce, activist
Josue Larose, political organizer; candidate for U.S. Representative for FL-19 in 2010 and U.S. Senate in 2016; write-in candidate for Governor in 2010; Republican candidate for U.S. Representative for LA-2 in 2012 and President in 2016
Brooke Russell Locke Marx
Ron DeSantis, U.S. Representative for FL-6 since 2013 and candidate for U.S. Senate in 2016
Eliminated in primary
Timothy Devine, write-in candidate for Governor in 2014
John Joseph Mercadante
Bruce Nathan, physical therapist and Independent candidate for U.S. Senate in 2016
Adam Putnam, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture since 2011 and U.S. Representative for FL-12 2001–2011
Bob White, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida
Usha Jain, medical director
Jack Latvala, State Senator 1994–2002 and 2010–2018
Armando Adames Rivas
Angel Rivera, businessman, political strategist
Nathan Dale Wilson