Florida election results 2010 were bound to be notable. But the Florida election results 2010 were considered massive — or at least the results in the gubernatorial primary were. In this state, the primary for Governor was bigger than the one for the Senate, especially since the Democrats have poor hopes in that race. Yet, thanks to the Republicans, the gubernatorial race has just gotten interesting after a notable upset. With the primary battles over, last night’s Florida election results 2010 have paved the way for their usual general election madness.
The big outcome last night was in the Republican primary for Governor, as underdog businessman Rick Scott faced state Attorney General Bill McCollum. Scott spent over $30 million of his own money, and the former health care CEO made it money well spent.
Thanks to Scott, the Florida election results 2010 continued the primary trend of underdogs beating establishment candidates. Scott had never run a political campaign before, and was ousted as Columbia/HCA Health Care CEO during an investigation for fraud. Nevertheless, he became the latest symbol for the new wave of Republican challengers this year.
Scott now moves on to challenge another veteran candidate in Democratic nominee Alex Sink. She is also a former executive, having run Bank of America’s Florida unit before becoming the state CFO. After the Florida election results 2010, Scott and Sink are considered virtually tied, although Sink’s numbers rose during primary season.
Meanwhile, the race for Senate got its third candidate last night, with the Democrats selecting Rep. Kendrick Meek as their nominee. Challenger Jeff Greene was a billionaire real-estate investor, yet the primary results did not favor this particular rich outsider. In fact, Meek blew out Green by around 20 points for the nomination.
Despite his victory, Meek is basically the third party candidate in the general election. Republican nominee Mark Rubio is already set to face Governor Charlie Crist, who shook up the race after becoming an independent. Rubio and Crist are neck-and-neck, while Meek has a lot of ground to make up.
Following the Florida election results 2010 from last night, the upcoming general elections have become even more volatile. The Senate race was already heated with the Rubio-Crist showdown, and now Meek will try to take away some key votes. As for the gubernatorial race, the surprise victory from Scott has been a true game-changer, adding to the primary upsets this year.
Scott surprised the establishment once, but now he has to do it again in November, while Meek faces long odds for another victory. Yet, in some way or form, the Florida election results 2010 for November are bound to be chaotic, and very important on the national stage.
Bloomberg- “Florida Republican Scott to Vie With Sink for Governor After Primary Upset”
SF Gate- “Florida Democrats Choose Meek for Senate Run, AP Says”
Real Clear Politics- “2010 Florida Senate Race”