UPDATE 6/16 6:15pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist are now officially on the 2014 ballot.

Crist, who was elected as a Republican, is now running as a Democrat. Both Scott and Crist qualified for the ballot Monday.

Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner also qualified for re-election. The three incumbents are all Republicans.

Candidates seeking statewide and local offices were allowed to start qualifying at noon. Qualifying closes at noon on Friday.

Judicial candidates and candidates for U.S. Congress have already qualified.

Nan Rich, a former state senator and Democrat also challenging Scott, plans to qualify on Tuesday. 

Some candidates will be elected without opposition on Friday. 

Others' fate will be decided by voters in the Aug. 26 primary or the Nov. 4 general election.


Qualifying began Monday for Florida's 2014 elections.

Candidates seeking statewide and local offices can now officially qualify for the ballot.

Qualifying will close at noon Friday.

Incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott is expected to officially qualify for re-election this week.

Nan Rich, a former state senator from South Florida, and former governor Charlie Crist are both expected to qualify as Democrats for the gubernatorial race.

And, with that, the Democratic primary for governor enters a new phase of campaigning.

University of South Florida political science professor Susan McManus says Rich will do better in the primary than many people expect.

McManus says a lot of Democrats in Florida are unhappy with how the Democratic party has treated rich.

Many Democratic women, particularly, feel the longtime Democrat has been sidelined and not invited to events, says McManus.

Crist has reportedly refused to debate Rich as well.

Still, though, McManus says Rich will not likely affect the expected outcome of a Crist victory in the Democratic primary for the governor's race.







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