Election Bypass - September 2022

Mon, Sep 12, 2022 at 8:00AM

Chris Dawson, Attorney, GrayRobinson


With Florida’s airwaves and mailboxes inundated with elections messaging, all Floridians are well aware election season is in full swing. All eyes are on November and Florida’s key races for United States Senator, Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Chief Financial Officer, Commissioner of Agriculture and the Florida Legislature. However, a handful of politicos have already been elected to a state office without having to do one stump speech, mailer or town hall during this election season. This month, while we endure the constant barrage of campaign activity, let’s explore a few of the races that were decided without much – or any at all – campaign activity.

Elected Without Opposition

Winning without having to campaign is the envy of the political world. There are always a few lucky candidates each election who win by default, but you may be surprised to know how often it actually happens… all the time! Even this year, with five contentious statewide elections and every seat in the Florida Legislature on the ballot due to redistricting, nearly a quarter of legislators will be sworn in without having to run a race. The tables list the lucky not-so-few. Read more.

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