A new poll of likely GOP primary voters commissioned by Rep. John Mica showed him leading fellow Republican Rep. Sandy Adams by more than 30 points in Florida's newly configured 7th district.
In a horserace matchup between the two Members, Mica led 55 percent to 25 percent for Adams.
In a poll commissioned by Adams earlier this year, Mica led by 16 points.
Mica's poll found 70 percent of voters surveyed had a favorable opinion of him, while 9 percent had an unfavorable opinion. The favorable-unfavorable split for Adams was 44 percent to 12 percent.
Florida GOP politicos expect the Mica-Adams primary to be nasty and close. Adams, a freshman Member, has strong tea party support; Mica, in his 10th term in Congress and the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has the backing of the party establishment.
The poll, conducted for Mica by Conquest Communications Group in Richmond, Va., surveyed 400 likely primary voters by live telephone interview based on the most recent voter file for the district. It had a margin of error of 5 points.
The Adams camp hit back after the poll.
"John Mica has spent 20 years in Washington, and in that time he has requested hundreds of millions in earmarks, taken hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funded international junkets, and accepted over $4 million in special interest PAC money," spokeswoman Lisa Boothe said in a statement. "He personifies all that is wrong with Washington today and no questionable robopoll is going to change that fact."
"Sandy’s grass-roots efforts are being validated by the response she is receiving from Republican voters on the ground, and we have no doubt she will prevail in the August primary," Boothe added.
Read the full Mica memo here:
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