John Mica has collected less than 1% of his donation from within his district

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John Mica has collected just $6,550 from a total of seven people in his district through the end of last year — less than 1 percent of the $700,149 he had raised for this election cycle.

A 20-year House veteran, Mica relies heavily on donations from Washington-based political action committees to fund his campaigns in Florida. That’s usually not a problem: For years, he’s won reelection without a hitch. But after the Florida Legislature redrew the state’s congressional districts, Mica decided to cast his lot in the same territory as Adams, a tea-party-backed freshman.

The intraparty primary has caused consternation in House Republican circles — where some leaders expected Mica to run on neighboring turf to avoid the fight — and the tension even spilled over into highway bill politics, making it even harder for the GOP to get a transportation bill off the floor.

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