JMU Political Analyst Shares What's Next Following Cantor's Loss

By: WHSV Newsroom
By: WHSV Newsroom

HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)-- This news comes just a day after Cantor lost his state primary to economics professor, Dave Brat.

Most of Brat's attacks on Cantor centered on the issue of immigration, arguing that the majority leader's support for some type of legal status for children of undocumented immigrants was "amnesty."

"It will make it impossible for the leadership of the House to let it (immigration reform) go for a vote. It can pass it's not an issue of whether or not it can pass with all Democrats or all Republicans, but they can't leave it and let it go for a vote because if they allow it to go for a vote then there is massive retaliatation and it's dead in the water," said Dr. Bob Roberts, a James Madison University professor.

Many, including Dr. Roberts, were not surprised by the outcome.

"Everything was tending against Cantor he had a reputation of being arrogant and not wanting to be close to his constituents. He was majority leader he didn't have to bother with his district. He made a big mistake all politics is local.

Dr. Roberts believes the future parties could become even more polarized.

"It means the parties are going to be even more polarized. 2014 should be a very good Republican year..

Brat now faces Democratic challenger Jack Trammell. Both politicians are professors at the same college.


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