2018 Florida Commissioner of Agriculture election

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Florida Commissioner of Agriculture election, 2018

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  Nikki Fried (cropped).jpg State Representative Matt Caldwell.jpg
Nominee Nikki Fried Matt Caldwell
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 4,032,954 4,026,201
Percentage 50.04% 49.96%

Florida AG Commissioner Election Results by County, 2018.svg
County results
Fried:      50–60%      60–70%
Caldwell:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

Agriculture
Commissioner before election

Adam Putnam
Republican

Elected Agriculture
Commissioner

Nikki Fried
Democratic

The 2018 Florida Commissioner of Agriculture election occurred on November 6, 2018, to elect the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture. Incumbent Republican Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam is term-limited and could not seek re-election to a third consecutive term. Democrat Nikki Fried defeated Republican Matt Caldwell. Fried became the only statewide elected Democrat in Florida, as U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, who had held Florida's Class I U.S. Senate seat since 2000, lost reelection.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrawn[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Matt Caldwell
U.S. Senators
U.S. Representatives
State legislators
Mayors and other municipal leaders
Other individuals
Organizations
Newspapers
Denise Grimsley
Statewide officials
State legislators
Mayors and other municipal leaders
Other individuals
Organizations
Baxter Troutman
Statewide officials
Mayors and other municipal leaders

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Matt
Caldwell
Denise
Grimsley
Mike
McCalister
Baxter
Troutman
Undecided
Gravis Marketing August 21–25, 2018 579 ± 4.1% 18% 17% 13% 19% 33%
Gravis Marketing August 21–22, 2018 321 ± 5.5% 20% 15% 13% 18% 34%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Matt Caldwell 523,051 34.6
Republican Denise Grimsley 402,525 26.6
Republican Baxter Troutman 393,098 26.0
Republican Mike McCalister 193,002 12.8
Total votes 1,511,676 100.0

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrawn[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Nikki Fried
Statewide officials

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nicole Fried 826,009 58.6
Democratic R. David Walker 359,081 25.5
Democratic Jeffrey Duane Porter 223,299 15.9
Total votes 1,408,389 100.0

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Nikki
Fried (D)
Matt
Caldwell (R)
Undecided
University of North Florida October 23–26, 2018 1,046 ± 3.0% 43% 41% 17%
Cherry Communications September 19–24, 2018 622 ± 4.4% 42% 37% 17%
St. Pete Polls September 5–6, 2018 2,240 ± 2.1% 47% 45% 8%

Results[edit]

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Nikki Fried 4,032,954 50.04% +8.71%
Republican Matt Caldwell 4,026,201 49.96% -8.71%
Total votes 8,059,155 100.0% N/A
Democratic gain from Republican

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Official campaign websites