1980 United States Senate election in Florida

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Nominee Paula Hawkins Bill Gunter
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,822,460 1,705,409
Percentage 51.7% 48.3%

1980 United States Senate election in Florida results map by county.svg
County results

Hawkins:      50–60%      60–70%

Gunter:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

U.S. senator before election

Richard Stone
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Paula Hawkins
Republican

The 1980 United States Senate election in Florida took place on November 4, 1980 alongside other elections for President of the United States as well as to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Richard Stone ran for re-election to a second term, but lost the Democratic primary election to Bill Gunter. Republican Paula Hawkins defeated Gunter in the general election.[1]

Democratic primary

Candidates

Campaign

Stone, a freshman Senator, had a reputation for changing his mind. In 1980, the AFL-CIO actively campaigned against him, and Stone was deemed vulnerable in his re-election bid.[2] Six Democrats entered the race for Stone's seat including his 1974 runoff opponent Bill Gunter who was Florida State Treasurer/Insurance Commissioner in 1980.[2] As was the case in 1974, Stone and Gunter were forced into a runoff but, unlike 1974, Gunter won the nomination.[citation needed]

Results

Democratic primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Richard Stone (incumbent) 355,287 32.08%
Democratic Bill Gunter 335,859 30.33%
Democratic Buddy MacKay 272,538 24.61%
Democratic Richard A. Pettigrew 108,154 9.77%
Democratic James L. Miller 18,118 1.64%
Democratic John B. Coffey 17,410 1.57%
Total votes 1,107,366 100.00%
Democratic primary runoff results[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bill Gunter 594,676 51.76%
Democratic Richard Stone (incumbent) 554,268 48.24%
Total votes 1,148,944 100.00%

Republican primary

Candidates

Results

Republican primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paula Hawkins 209,856 48.14%
Republican Louis Frey Jr. 119,834 27.49%
Republican Ander Crenshaw 54,767 12.56%
Republican Ellis Rubin 19,990 4.59%
Republican John T. Ware 16,341 3.75%
Republican Lewis Dinkins 15,174 3.48%
Total votes 435,962 100.00%
Republican primary runoff results[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paula Hawkins 293,600 61.61%
Republican Louis Frey Jr. 182,911 38.39%
Total votes 476,511 100.00%

General election

Candidates

Results

General election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Paula Hawkins 1,822,460 51.66% +10.74%
Democratic Bill Gunter 1,705,409 48.34% +4.96%
Write-in (({votes))} 0.00% N/A
Total votes 3,528,028 100.00% N/A
Republican gain from Democratic

See also

References

  1. ^ a b http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1980election.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  2. ^ a b Abramowitz, Alan I.; Segal, Jeffrey Allan (1992). Senate Elections. University of Michigan Press. p. 78. ISBN 0-472-08192-6. Retrieved January 31, 2007. bill gunter richard stone.
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2019-02-19.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2019-02-19.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)