Veteran John Mica Defeats Freshman Sandy Adams; Expected to Carry District in November
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The primary campaign was widely reported as one of the state’s nastiest. Adams accused Mica of being a career politician who presided over an ever-expanding federal government, while Mica portrayed Adams as a fiscal hypocrite who voted to spend bailout money while she was still a state legislator. Mica had voted against the bailouts and is generally considered a fiscal hawk.
Adams received support from many political heroes of the tea party movement, including fellow freshman Congressman Allen West, R-Plantation, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, while Mica touted his endorsement by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a favorite among Evangelicals and other social conservatives.
Mica is expected to be a heavy favorite to head back to Washington. Early returns suggest he will face Democrat Jason H. Kendall in the Nov. 6 general election.
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