Cantor loss might be connected with his position on immigration
The fact that an anti-immigration, right-wing candidate has won the preliminary elections in Virginia might mean that there is no chance that the expected immigration reform will happen soon. The coming November there will be elections for the whole 435 seats in the House of Representatives. Before the actual elections, each party chooses its own candidates through preliminary elections.
On Tuesday 10th June 2014, Eric Cantor, the most powerful Republican in the House of Representatives, was defeated in a primary election in Virginia by a right-wing challenger, Dave Brat. Mr Brat is a supporter of The Tea Party, a right-wing faction opposed to ‘big government’, high taxes and immigration. The victory surprised a lot of people in Washington.
Mr Cantro who was seen as the primary contender got just 45 of the vote while Mr Brat received 55%.
The victory of Brat happened despite the fact that Cantor was the favourite. He has raised 2 million for his campaign, while Brat raised just 200 000 USD. Many commentators think that the willingness of Cantor to make deal with democrats about the immigration reform might have cost him the victory.
Brat, on the other hand, positioned his campaign against Cantor and attacked his intention of giving amnesty to illegal immigrants by pointing out that given the fact that there are more than 50 000 000 Americans that are in working age and unemployed, it will be a mistake to give a work authorization to those, who have entered the country illegally.
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