The Republican incumbent governor Rick Scott narrowly defeated his Democratic opponent Charlie Crist in the 2014 Florida governor's race by a margin of 1.1 percent. Scott received 2,861,390 votes, or 48.2 percent of the vote, to Crist's 2,795,263 votes, or 47.1 percent.
Three other candidates trailed far behind the two front runners. Adrian Wyllie received 3.8 percent, Glenn Burkett got 0.7 percent and Farid Khavari received 0.3 percent of the vote.
Charlie Crist, the Republican governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011, switched parties and ran as a Democrat in the hotly contested and often negative 2014 election. He had also previously run as an independent in a senate race. Florida's improving economy was a major factor in Scott's re-election.