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Mica heads off Adams in tea party referendum



mica.jpgLongtime Rep. John Mica tonight easily defeated fellow Rep. Sandy Adams in a contentious primary that drew national attention as a referendum on the direction of the Republican Party and the tea party.

Adams was elected in the 2010 tea party wave and attacked Mica as a creature of Washington accustomed to big spending. She was backed by Sarah Palin.

But Mica was better funded and has a deep core of support in the Central Florida district. Mica will face Democrat Jason H. Kendall but is all but assured a return to Washington.

“We fought for the right principles," Adams said. “I congratulate Mr. Mica on his win, and I wish him luck in November. ... The Romney/Ryan ticket represents the hope of America to reclaim our government from the radical left and restore our constitutional republic."

In other Congressional races we're watching, Todd Long emerged from a packed GOP primary in the newly drawn District 9, and will take on Democrat Alan Grayson, who spent several hundred thousand dollars attacking Republican John Quinones in the race.

In District 19, the seat being vacated by Connie Mack, Trey Radel is headed toward victory, virtually ensuring him victory in November.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 11:15pm]


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