2018 General Election Results

After the November 6 General Election, which was then followed by 12 days of recounts in three statewide races, two House races, and one Senate race, the election results were certified by the Election Canvassing Commission on November 20.

Republican Rick Scott prevailed over incumbent US Senator Bill Nelson by a margin of 10,000 votes, while Republican Ron DeSantis maintained a 0.41 percent lead over Democrat Andrew Gillum in what was a hotly-contested race for Governor. His win will allow him to appoint three new justices to the Florida Supreme Court (unless any justices retire before their terms end) and shape the composition of the Court for many years to come.

In the race for Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner, Nikki Fried defeated Republican Matt Caldwell to become the only statewide elected Democrat in Florida.

Other Republicans which prevailed in the Florida Cabinet include Jimmy Patronis, who won the race for Chief Financial Officer, and Ashley Moody, who will serve as our next Attorney General.

The Republican caucuses of the House and Senate held onto most of their respective seats and maintain a 23 to 17 majority in the Senate, as well as a majority in the House, securing over 70 of the 120 seats. As a result, Senator Bill Galvano (R), Bradenton, and Representative Jose Oliva (R), Hialeah, will lead their respective chambers as Senate President and Speaker of the House.

Of the 12 Constitutional Amendments on the ballot, all except Constitutional Amendment #1, Homestead Property Tax Exemption, received the required 60 percent voter approval.

Click here for a detailed breakdown of state legislative races. See last column on right for FLOMSPAC donations. Thanks to our outstanding lobbying team from Gray-Robinson for this report: Mike Huey, Todd Steibly and Jessica Love.