Tea party favorite Rep. Sandy Adams was defeated by 10-term Congressman Jon Mica in yesterday's Florida primary. A 19-year incumbent and chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Mica led freshman Adams 61% to 39% with 96% of precincts reporting. Mica and Adams faced each other in a primary election after a Republican-drafted redistricting plan put the two in the same district.
Adams was well-known for authoring the House version of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, labeled by many as the "fake VAWA" due to its elimination of protections for LGBT, Native American, immigrant, and student victims of violence.
Adams is the 11th House member to fall in a primary this year. Sarah Palin, who endorsed Adams, was given her second primary pick loss in two weeks.
Media Resources: Washington Post 8/14/12; ABC News 8/14/12; Associated Press 8/14/12
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