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.
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.
Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 Updated at 11:34 AM CDT