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How Immigration Reform Doomed Eric Cantor

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    File - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., with Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., left, join GOP leaders at a news conference after a weekly House Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.

    The Tea Party has proven it still has political influence in 2014, thanks to the debate over immigration reform, according to NBC News. Eric Cantor, the second-highest ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, lost his GOP primary on Tuesday in a stunning upset to Tea Party candidate and college professor Dave Brat. Ultimately, it may have been the House majority leader’s support of a proposal to provide a path to citizenship for children brought into the U.S. illegally — and Brat’s attack on that support — that led to Cantor’s loss. Brat was also buoyed with support from talk radio hosts including Laura Ingraham, The New York Times reported. Click to read a full analysis of Cantor’s defeat.

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