1974 Florida gubernatorial election

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Florida Governor Reubin Askew (cropped).jpg
Portrait of Florida legislative senator Jerry Thomas.jpg
Nominee Reubin Askew Jerry Thomas
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate J. H. Williams Mike Thompson
Popular vote 1,118,954 709,438
Percentage 61.2% 38.8%

1974 Florida gubernatorial election results map by county.svg
County results

Askew:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Thomas:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Governor before election

Reubin Askew

Elected Governor

Reubin Askew

In the 1974 Florida gubernatorial election, the sitting Governor of Florida was re-elected. This was just the second time after 1956, and the first that the Governor of Florida was re-elected for the second four-year term. This was also the first time a candidate got over one million votes in a Florida governor election.

Primary results


Incumbent Reubin O'Donovan Askew faced little opposition in the Democratic Party primary. Despite a challenge from his own Lieutenant Governor Thomas Burton Adams, Jr., Askew, a popular member of the New Southerner political generation, was renominated easily in primary on September 5:[1]

J. H. Williams became Askew's running mate for second term.


State Senate President[2] Jerry Thomas won the Republican Party nomination without any opposition.

General election results

Election day was November 5[3]

1974 Florida gubernatorial election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Reubin Askew (incumbent) 1,118,954 61.20%
Republican Jerry Thomas 709,438 38.80%
Democratic hold

Williams, as he ran on the joint ticket, replaced Adams as Lieutenant Governor.


  1. ^ Our Campaigns - FL Governor - D Primary Race - Sep 05, 1974
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - FL Governor Race - Nov 05, 1974".
  3. ^ Our Campaigns - FL Governor Race - Nov 05, 1974