ⓘ 1970 United States Senate election in Florida

                                     

ⓘ 1970 United States Senate election in Florida

The 1970 United States Senate election in Florida was held on November 3, 1970. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Spessard Holland decided to retire instead of seeking a fifth term. During the Democratic primary, former Governor C. Farris Bryant and State Senator Lawton Chiles advanced to a run-off, having received more votes than Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Frederick H. Schultz, attorney Alcee Hastings, and State Representative Joel T. Daves, III. Chiles soundly defeated Bryant in the run-off election, scoring a major upset due to his comparatively small name recognition prior to the election. To acquire name recognition and media coverage, Chiles walked about 1.003 miles across the state of Florida and was given the nickname "Walkin Lawton".

Intra-party elections exposed the party feud between Governor Claude R. kirk, Jr. and U.S. representative William C. Cramer. In the elections, Kramer handily defeated G. Harrold Carswell and body shop owner George Ballmer, the former fifth circuit court of appeals judges favored by kirk and was rejected, as the U.S. Supreme court nominee a few months before the primaries. - Chiles won the election with a relatively small margin at 7.8%, getting 902.438 votes against Cramers 772.817 votes.