September 2nd, 2010
12:19 AM ET
11 years ago

Three-way race to become two-way contest in Florida

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" Bud Chiles is giving up his bid for governor."]
(CNN) - Bud Chiles is giving up his independent bid for Florida governor and will endorse the Democratic candidate in the race.

Wednesday Chiles' campaign put out a statement "Lawton "Bud" Chiles will hold a news conference tomorrow with Alex Sink, the Democratic nominee for governor, to announce the end of his independent gubernatorial bid and to endorse Sink."

The event is scheduled for 10am ET Thursday in Tallahassee.

Sink is Florida's chief financial officer. She'll now face off in a two way contest against Republican nominee Rick Scott. The millionaire businessman and former health care executive spent around $50 million to defeat Florida Attorney General and former Rep. Bill McCollum. The GOP primary campaign turned bitter this summer and in defeat, McCollum has refused to endorse Scott.

"By withdrawing from the race and supporting Alex Sink, Bud allows Floridians to be fully united behind Alex, the new and different leader we need to bring jobs to our state using her 26 years of business experience," said Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman, in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.

Chiles, the son of former Florida Gov. and Sen. Lawton Chiles, was polling in the low double digits in most recent surveys of the three-candidate Florida gubernatorial race, far behind Sink and Scott.

- CNN's Robert Yoon contributed to this report

Filed under: 2010 • Florida
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Hugo

    Gov. Lawton Chiles went into Florida's Governors office a pauper and came out a multi-millionaire. Walk a mile with Lawton Chiles, blah blah blah, he coon walks alone just before dawn... to think I use to believe the Democrat "I'm for the common man" drivel... They just take the corporate lobbyists money out of the other pants pocket. I'm voting for Rick Scott, his philosophy is that of a businessman, cut spending, cut cumbersome regulation and if the employee doesn't tow the line, get rid of their behind!

    September 1, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Citizen

    Bill McCollum is right to not endorse Rick Scott, a known criminal who committed significant fraud against the government.

    September 1, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  3. martin

    50 million?! Well, I guess that means I better vote for him!

    September 1, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. larry

    Hugo, Tricky Ricky was nothing until he made a fortune off of his hospitals that defrauded medicare out of billions. This racist of "The White Annoying Teabagger" party is who you are going to vote for. You are a moron.

    September 1, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. joel palmer

    Rick Scott has never earned an honest dollar in his life

    September 1, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Daniel

    Alex Sink will crush Rick Scott. Scott is a scary creature, a nightmarish candidate. Sink will look out for Floridians and and grow the economy.

    September 1, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. Jake Tallahassee

    What Scott doesnt realize is that the goal of running a gov't is different from that of running a business. A business' goal is to make a profit. The gov't's job is to serve the people. Rick Scott has it wrong. Alex has the right attitude for the job. I see her winning with a large majority. Alot of McCollum Republicans will vote for Sink. Scott cant buy the general like he did the primary.

    September 1, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. Debbie

    This is what I call working together Dems.

    September 1, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  9. johnkc

    Another super rich guy buying his election. I wonder what laws he will push for that gives special treatment to him and his rich friends.

    September 1, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  10. annie s

    The "millionaire businessman and former health care executive" was the CEO of a company that routinely stole from American taxpayers in the form of inflated and fake Medicare claims. If this man is put in charge of my state, I'm leaving!

    September 1, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  11. BlueDem1

    Thank you, Bud! I would have been happy to support you, but you really missed the should've started campaigning for the Democratic nomination over a year ago. Don't turn your back on public service, though. Florida needs a man like you around.

    September 1, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  12. Tayo

    I can't wait till November 2nd.

    September 1, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  13. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Rick Scott should be in jail.

    September 1, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. Texan

    Hugo: Yeh, vote for a guy whose philsophy is business; one who made a fortune by bilking Medicare and then spent $50M+ on his primary campaign. Just what America needs. Try flushing again to see if your brain clears.

    September 1, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. Louise

    Fake tea party vote rick scott crook democRats behin this ..slick willy folower

    September 1, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  16. works for me

    Scott is a crook... plain and simple. The only thing that Scott good for is toilet paper. Now that's something that gets down to business.
    I would rather give my right to vote than vote for this scumbag

    September 1, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  17. Orlando Patriot

    First, everyone needs to understand that Rick Scott is NOT a criminal. Under our constitution a person is INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY!! Secondly, Bill McCollum is the freakin Attorney General. You KNOW if there was any evidence of criminal behavior McCollum would have charged him. Doesn't tell you something? Maybe this is just a political charge?

    September 1, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  18. jt35

    Yeah, Hugo. Don't forget defraud the government and the American taxpayer.

    September 1, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  19. jeff - Sarasota Florida

    It amazes me how people can't seem to understand that the Tea Party and their candidates are all about the money, why would they change from a non-profit to a FOR-Profit organization less than 90 days after they started... Why do they pay so much to people like Sarah Palin to speak but yet you can't hear the speach unless you pay the prices to see it... They claim to be for the average American, yet they charge more than any "average" American can afford to attent their speeches and they won't let the press broadcast them, so that means the only people that hear them are the ones that pay to hear them, which in turn meants that they are paying to hear what they want or they wouldn't be there... So tell me how this is different from the regular politics when the politicians say and do what the people who pay want???

    Also, if Rick Scott was willing to shell out $50 million ti win how much of the peoples money will he be willing to shell out to get what "he" wants if he is elected???

    The people in this country better start thinking for themselves again and start paying attention to the "obvious" facts and quit being blind sheep, or we will end up worse off than we are now...

    September 1, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  20. FloridaRes

    I am a Florida Resident as you can see from my name. The Rick Scott campaign was a particularly vile and vicious one. Here we have a man who was CEO of health company that committed so many criminal acts that they were fined $1.7 Billion for stealing from Medicare! So let's see, we have a certified crook (Rick Scott) who has become a billionaire as a result and never spent time in jail (thanks Bush), forced out of the health company AND a woman (Alex Sink) who has no charges of theft against her. Who will Floridians pick? I hope Sink and repudiate Scott!!!!

    September 1, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |