Florida Primary unsurprising but fruitful

Florida voters recently took to the polls in the state’s gubernatorial primary election. A sense of predictability characterized the primary, with most of the races ending in landslide victories.  Though several state and regional positions were on the ballot, voters seemed most captivated by the primaries for the Democratic and Republican Parties.

Unsurprisingly, incumbent Gov. Rick Scott defeated the challengers from his own Republican party, Yinka Abosede Adeshina and Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder. If he were re-elected in November, it would be Scott’s second consecutive term in office.

On the political left, Charlie Crist received the Democratic nomination, beating out challenger Nan Rich. Many Democrats consider Crist to be a controversial pick for their gubernatorial candidate; he had originally held office as a staunch Republican, but is now seeking election as a Democrat.

In preparing for his victory speech on Tuesday, Crist said, “Frankly, I think I was on their [the Democrats’] side when I was in the other party.” For this reason, some deem Crist to be a Democrat in name only, or ‘DINO’.

Still, at this time, Crist’s ideology seems firmly to the left of Scott’s.

For United States Government and Politics teacher Robert Sarver, Crist’s ideological flips do not seem so out of character.

“He’s a politician,” Sarver said. “Both candidates get money from different sources, so it’s not surprising.”

For Sarver, the state’s gubernatorial race is largely uninteresting.

“At this point, it’s becoming more about which candidate is the lesser of two evils.” Sarver said, “Primary elections only have a 20% voter turnout, so I care more about voting for local positions like judges.”

He hopes that Florida will see a larger voter turnout in November.

Currently, the upcoming gubernatorial election on Nov. seems to be a toss-up, with Scott leading the polls only by a negligible margin. The general election will take place on Nov. 6.