1986 United States Senate election in Florida

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Portrait of Governor Bob Graham (cropped).jpg
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Nominee Bob Graham Paula Hawkins
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,877,543 1,552,376
Percentage 54.7% 45.2%

1986 United States Senate election in Florida results map by county.svg
County results
Graham:      50–60%      60–70%
Hawkins:      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. senator before election

Paula Hawkins
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Bob Graham
Democratic

The 1986 United States Senate election in Florida took place on November 4, 1986 alongside other elections to the United States Senate in other states as well as elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Paula Hawkins decided to run for re-election to second term, but was defeated by Democrat Bob Graham, the popular incumbent Governor of Florida . As of 2022, this was the last time an incumbent from Florida's Class 3 Senate seat lost re-election.[1][failed verification]

Democratic primary

Candidates

Results

Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Graham 850,560 85.04%
Democratic Bob Kunst 149,657 14.96%
Total votes 1,000,217 100.00%

Republican primary

Candidates

Results

Republican primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paula Hawkins (incumbent) 491,767 88.73%
Republican Jon Larsen Shudlick 62,443 11.27%
Total votes 554,210 100.00%

General election

Candidates

Results

General election results[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Bob Graham 1,877,543 54.74% +6.40%
Republican Paula Hawkins (incumbent) 1,552,376 45.26% -6.40%
Write-in 77 0.00% N/A
Total votes 3,429,996 100.00% N/A
Democratic gain from Republican

See also

References

  1. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1986election.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  2. ^ "Florida Department of State - Election Results".
  3. ^ "Florida Department of State - Election Results".
  4. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1988election.pdf[bare URL PDF]