ELECTION: Mica comes out on top in Tuesday's primary

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John Mica

CASSELBERRY, Fla. - Longtime Florida Congressman John Mica won Tuesday’s primary election for his District 7 seat, which covers parts of Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Flagler and St. Johns counties.

Mica, who has been representing central Florida in Congress for 22 years, was up against challengers Don Oehlrich, Kelly Shirley and David Smith.

Congressman Mica had 72 percent of the votes, while David Smith has 19 percent.

Channel 9's Karla Ray spent Tuesday night in Casselberry with the Mica campaign, where she learned Mica voted Tuesday, but didn't wave signs because he's had very strong support in past races.

Mica said he has exciting things planned for his next term.

In central Florida, Mica said the long-awaited Veterans Affairs hospital will open next year, and he wants to help expand Sunrail to the Orlando International Airport.   

He also said he'll be instrumental in the Interstate 4 Ultimate Project, which would add express lanes through downtown Orlando.

Mica will face off against Democrat Wes Neuman in November.