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Florida Reps. John Mica and Sandy Adams represent GOP mainstream vs. tea party in primary

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UPDATE: Click here to view a copy of an invitation to a 2010 Adams fundraiser where Mica is listed as a co-host.

WINTER PARK — Two years ago, veteran U.S. Rep John Mica helped Sandy Adams get elected to Congress.

Now he's locked in the fight for his political life against her.

The incumbent vs. incumbent showdown in Florida's 7th Congressional District — a by-product of the once-in-a-decade reapportionment process — represents one of the few pieces of drama ahead of Florida's Aug. 14 congressional primaries.

Other incumbents face primaries, and open seats in northeast and southwest Florida have drawn large fields, but the race for the Republican nomination between Mica and Adams has evolved into another proxy war between mainstream Republicans, who have aligned with Mica, and Sarah Palin and tea party activists, who support Adams.

Next Tuesday's winner is expected to glide to re-election in November. The loser will be among 11 House members forced out of office this year in an incumbent vs. incumbent primary.

Adams tells voters they should send Mica packing since he allowed the federal government's issues to fester on his watch.

"Where was he?" she said. "Because this was happening when he was there."

Mica counters that he got results in Washington while she just complained.

"There's people that go up there and talk about it, and there's people that do it," he said.

Read more here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 5:03pm]

    

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