John Mica takes GOP House of Rep. race over Sandy Adams

Incumbents pitted together after redistricting

ORLANDO, Fla. - Ten-term Congressman John Mica has defeated freshman U.S. Rep. Sandy Adams following a tough primary battle that pitted two Florida Republican incumbents against each other because of redistricting.

Mica was winning 60 percent to Adams' 40 percent with 80 percent of precincts reporting.

"This race demonstrated that the voters appreciate effective, experienced and proven conservative leadership," Mica said in a statement. "In this election we brought together every dedicated Republican across Central Florida. This victory is the result of hard work, dedicated grassroots support and incredible support shown at the polls today."

The Republicans faced each other Tuesday after redistricting put both of their homes in the 7th congressional district, which includes parts of Orlando and areas northeast of the city.

The race between the two Republicans featured blistering attack ads and celebrity endorsements.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee backed Mica while former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin supported Adams.

"Now it is time to roll up our sleeves and continue my to work to bring economic opportunity to all citizens across this district and this great nation," Mica said.

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