1954 Florida gubernatorial special election
Collins: 60–70% 70–80% 80–90% >90%
The 1954 Florida gubernatorial special election was held on November 2, 1954. Democratic nominee LeRoy Collins defeated Republican nominee J. Thomas Watson with 80.43% of the vote.
On September 28, 1953, Governor Daniel T. McCarty, who was elected in the 1952 gubernatorial election, died in office of pneumonia. McCarty's death elevated Florida Senate President Charley E. Johns to acting governor and a special election for November 1954 was called to fill the position for the final two years of McCarty's term. The state constitution was revised in 1968 to establish a position of Lieutenant Governor who is first in line to succeed the governor.
Primary elections were held on May 4, 1954, with the Democratic runoff held on May 25, 1954.
- LeRoy Collins, Democratic
- J. Thomas Watson, Republican
Watson, the Republican nominee, died on 24 October. His name remained on the ballot.