2020 Miami-Dade County mayoral election
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Candidate Daniella Levine Cava Esteban Bovo Alex Penelas
Party Democratic Republican Democratic
First-round vote 120,089 122,135 102,338
First-round percentage 28.79% 29.28% 24.53%
Second-round vote 576,647 491,838
Second-round percentage 53.97% 46.03%

 
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Candidate Xavier Suarez Monique Nicole Barley
Party Independent Democratic
First-round vote 43,831 22,823
First-round percentage 10.51% 5.47%

Mayor before election

Carlos A. Giménez
Republican

Elected Mayor

Daniella Levine Cava
Democratic

The 2020 Miami-Dade County mayoral election was held on November 3, 2020, to determine the Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Florida, beginning on November 17, 2020. County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava defeated fellow commissioner Esteban Bovo. Incumbent Mayor Carlos A. Giménez, first elected in 2011, was term-limited; instead running for the U.S. House of Representatives and winning to represent Florida's 26th congressional district.

The election is officially non-partisan. A top-two primary election for this office was held on August 18, 2020, with county commissioners Esteban Bovo and Daniella Levine Cava advancing to a runoff election scheduled for November 3, 2020.[1][2][3]

Candidates

Advanced to run-off

Eliminated in primary

Withdrawn

Declined

Primary election

Endorsements

Esteban Bovo (R)
U.S. senators
U.S. representatives
Statewide officials
State representatives
County officials
Municipal officials
Organizations
  • Miami Young Republicans
  • Miami Dade College Republicans
  • FIU College Republicans
  • Police Benevolent Association of South Florida
Individuals
  • Monique Nicole Barley, former challenger, businesswoman and daughter of former State Representative Roy Hardemon (Democratic)
  • Ludmilla Domond, former challenger, real estate agent (Republican)
Daniella Levine Cava (D)
Executive officials
U.S. Senators
U.S. Representatives
Statewide officials
State senators
State representatives
County officials
Individuals
  • Donald Sussman, hedge-fund executive[31]
  • Chris King, businessman and 2018 nominee for lieutenant governor
Organizations
Alex Penelas (D)
County officials
Municipal officials
Xavier Suarez (I)
Municipal officials

Polling

Poll
source
Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin of
error
Daniella
Levine Cava
Alex
Penelas
Esteban
Bovo
Xavier
Suarez
Other Undecided
Change Research (D)[35] April 30 - May 3, 2020 487 (RV) ± 4.4% 22% 20% 14% 11% 10% 23%
Dyanmic Research/Daniella Levine Cava[A][36] July 20–23, 2020 457 (RV) ± 4.9% 26% 22% 22% 15% 2% 13%
Unnamed independent pollster/Political Cortadito[37] July 30 - August 3, 2020 400 (V) 20% 15% 19% 10%
Change Research/Daniella Levine Cava[B][38] August 3–6, 2020 473 (LV) ± 4.5% 25% 20% 21% 9% 4% 22%
Frederick Polls/Alex Penelas[C][39] August 7–9, 2020 350 (LV) ± 5% 22% 27% 20% 11% 6%[b] 16%
National Victory Strategies/P3 Management[40] August 12–13, 2020 200 (LV) ± 5% 18% 18% 21% 9% 26%

Results

Non-partisan blanket primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Esteban Bovo 122,135 29.28%
Democratic Daniella Levine Cava 120,089 28.79%
Democratic Alex Penelas 102,338 24.53%
Independent Xavier Suarez 43,831 10.51%
Democratic Monique Nicole Barley 22,823 5.47%
Republican Ludmilla Domond 5,230 1.25%
Write-in 715 0.17%
Total votes 417,161 100%

General election

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
Daniella Levine Cava (D) Esteban Bovo (R) Undecided
Change Research/Daniella Levine Cava[D][41] August 3–6, 2020 – (V)[c] 39% 28% 33%
Bendixen and Amandi/Miami Herald[42] September 1–4, 2020 500 (LV) ± 4.5% 39% 32% 29%
Change Research/Daniella Levine Cava[E][43] September 14–17, 2020 436 (V) ± 4.7% 45% 32% 13%
Amandi On Air/Miami Herald[44] October 1–4, 2020 600 (V) 45% 35%
SEA Research/Daniella Levine Cava[F][45] October 20–22, 2020 407 (LV) ± 5.3% 45% 30% 25%

Results

Miami-Dade County mayoral election, 2020[46]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Daniella Levine Cava 576,647 53.97
Republican Esteban Bovo 491,838 46.03
Total votes 1,068,485 100.00
Democratic gain from Republican

Notes

  1. ^ a b Key:
    A – all adults
    RV – registered voters
    LV – likely voters
    V – unclear
  2. ^ Barley, De Armas and Domond with 2%
  3. ^ Not yet released
Partisan clients
  1. ^ Poll sponsored by Cava's campaign
  2. ^ Poll sponsored by Cava's campaign
  3. ^ Poll sponsored by Penelas' campaign
  4. ^ Poll sponsored by Cava's campaign
  5. ^ Poll sponsored by Cava's campaign
  6. ^ Poll sponsored by Cava's campaign

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Official campaign websites for mayoral candidates