The 1974 Governor’s Race

This week on The Florida History Podcast, we discuss the 1974 Florida Governor’s Race.

Governor Reubin Askew originally didn’t want to run for re-election. He eventually choose to run for a second term as Governor. In the race, he overcame a well-funded Democratic primary challenger, the Citrus baron Ben Hill Griffin and Lt Gov. Tom Burton Adams. Both challenged Askew from the right. In the General he defeated party-switching former Senate President Jerry Thomas.

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