Set your curiosity free with richer, better connected information.

1954 Florida gubernatorial special election

Top 10 1954 Florida gubernatorial special election related articles

1954 Florida gubernatorial special election

← 1952 November 2, 1954 1956 →
 
Nominee LeRoy Collins J. Thomas Watson
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 287,769 69,852
Percentage 80.43% 19.52%

County Results
Collins:      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%      >90%

Governor before election

Charley E. Johns (acting)
Democratic

Elected Governor

LeRoy Collins
Democratic

The 1954 Florida gubernatorial special election was held on November 2, 1954. Democratic nominee LeRoy Collins defeated Republican nominee J. Thomas Watson with 80.43% of the vote.

1954 Florida gubernatorial special election Intro articles: 251

Background

On September 28, 1953, Governor Daniel T. McCarty, who was elected in the 1952 gubernatorial election, died in office of pneumonia. McCarty's death elevated Florida Senate President Charley E. Johns to acting governor and a special election for November 1954 was called to fill the position for the final two years of McCarty's term. The state constitution was revised in 1968 to establish a position of Lieutenant Governor who is first in line to succeed the governor.[1]