Florida gubernatorial election, 1990
Florida gubernatorial election of 1990 took place on November 6.
Bob Martinez, who was just the second member of his party elected
Governor of Florida after
Reconstruction, was deeply unpopular. His job approval rating had sunk to around 24% after, in 1989, he called the
Florida Legislature into special session in an effort to pass
pro-life laws. None of the governor's proposals made it out of committee.
Republican primary results
Bob Martinez (incumbent)
Marlene Woodson Howard
Warren H. Folks
Democratic primary was a contest between former
United States Senator
Lawton Chiles and
United States Representative
The 60-year-old Chiles, who retired after three terms from the Senate in 1989 after serious health problems, was challenged by the younger 47-year-old Nelson, who questioned his health in the campaign and presented himself as alternative.
This, however, backfired on Nelson and cost him the election; the elderly population in Florida took great offense to Nelson's attacks and, in turn, voted for Chiles.
Democratic primary results
Chiles/MacKay - $5,244,170.00.
 Martinez/DeFoor - $10,625,793.00.