Nine Democrats among 55 sheriffs endorsing Republican Rick Scott’s Senate bid.

Republican Martin County Sheriff William Snyder is among 55 Florida sheriffs endorsing Republican Gov. Rick Scott for U.S. Senate. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott this morning rolled out the endorsements of 55 of Florida’s 66 elected sheriffs for his Republican U.S. Senate bid against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

Nine of the sheriffs listed by the Scott campaign are Democrats and four others are independent or no party affiliation, according to the Florida Sheriffs Association directory. Most are from counties that vote Republican in presidential elections and statewide races.

Only one Republican sheriff in the state — John Tate of Holmes County — is not on Scott’s list of endorsers. The 10 other elected sheriffs who did not endorse Scott are all Democrats, including Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, a registered Democrat whose office appears on the county ballot as nonpartisan.

Among South Florida and Treasure Coast sheriffs, Scott has the endorsement of Republican Martin County Sheriff William Snyder.

Florida has 67 counties. Sheriff is an elected position in 66 of them, with Miami-Dade County appointing a chief law-enforcement officer whose title is Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department.

Democratic sheriffs listed by the Scott campaign as endorsers are: Sadie Darnell of Alachua County, James Potter of DeSoto County, David Hardin of Glades County, Harrell Reid of Hamilton County, Steve Whidden of Hendry County, Lou Roberts of Jackson County, Eddie Joe White of Liberty County, Gator DeLoach III of Putnam County and Sam St. John of Suwanee County.

Scott also lists the endorsements of Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart, both listed as no party affiliation in the Florida Sheriffs Association directory, and Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter and Volusia County Sheriff Michael Chitwood, who are listed as independent.

Of the 14 non-Republican sheriffs who endorsed Scott, 13 are from counties that Republican Donald Trump carried over Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 and that Scott carried over Democrat Charlie Crist in the 2014 governor’s race. Alachua County voted for Crist and Clinton.