|Published:||Aug 14, 2012 8:51 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 14, 2012 8:51 PM EDT|
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Ten-term Congressman John Mica defeated freshman U.S. Rep. Sandy Adams on Tuesday 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.
The Republicans faced each other 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 featured blistering attack ads that accused each other of not being true conservatives and celebrity endorsements. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee backed Mica while former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin supported Adams, who had the backing of much of the tea party.
Mica described the race as "difficult" but credited a grassroots campaign that was unprecedented for him.
"I can tell you everything but the kitchen sink was thrown at us but I've got to include the cabinets and all of the appliances," Mica told supporters at an election party.
In other Florida primaries, incumbent Republican Reps. Allen West, Tom Rooney and Ander Crenshaw also won their races Tuesday.
West had faced opposition from Martin County Sheriff Robert Crowder in District 18.
Rooney was challenged by Joe Arnold in District 17 which stretches across south central Florida.
Crenshaw had faced Bob Black and Deborah Katz Pueschel. He doesn't have a Democratic opponent for the seat that represents a large portion of metro Jacksonville.
Heather Beaven defeated lawyer Vipin Verma for the Democratic nomination in District 6, which covers northeast Florida.
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