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Mica Fends Off Tea Party-Backed Challenge for Florida House Seat

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Aug. 15 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Representative John Mica defeated Tea Party-backed Representative Sandy Adams last night in a Republican primary to determine their party’s nomination in a redrawn Florida district.

Mica, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, had 61 percent of the vote compared with 39 percent for Adams with 100 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press. Adams, 55, in her first term in Congress, had support from Tea Party figures including former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

Mica, 69, in his 10th term in Congress, will face Jason Kendall, a self-described fiscally conservative Democrat, in the November general election. Kendall defeated Nicholas Ruiz in the Democratic primary last night, 61 percent to 39 percent with 100 percent of precincts reporting, according to the AP.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Shepard in Washington at mshepard7@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jodi Schneider at jschneider50@bloomberg.net

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