The Florida gubernatorial election of 1986 took place alongside the midterm congressional elections. The
Democratic Party won many victories across the country (including retaking the
Senate). However, in
Florida, where Democrats gained the Senate seat from
Republicans, they lost the
Governorship for the just second time since Reconstruction.
The primaries took place on September 2, the runoffs on September 30 and the general election on November 4, 1986.