2008 June 25 Wednesday
Immigration Supporter Chris Cannon Loses Primary

Good riddance. Good decision by Utah voters.

Pro-amnesty crusader Chris Cannon, Republican congressman from Utah (motto: "We love immigrants in Utah. And we don't make the distinction very often between legal and illegal."), finally got his comeuppance Tuesday by losing a primary to Jason Chaffetz, who ran on, among other things, a hawkish immigration platform. This comes after two primary close calls against other challengers in 2004 and 2006. In this race, Cannon lost despite outraising Chaffetz nearly 7 to 1 and garnering the endorsement of President Bush. (On second thought, maybe that endorsement was part of the problem.)

When a challenger can win while getting outspent nearly 7 to 1 something has changed.

The weakening economy is going to increase the pressure to cut down on immigration, legal and illegal.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2008 June 25 07:23 PM  Immigration Policy

JSBolton said at June 26, 2008 12:49 AM:

Hopefully some all too smug one-worlders in the US Senate will learn from this, that even the safest seat can be upset. It has implications for the House, where some redistricted seats are as one-sided as Cannon's in their constituency profiles. You can outspend five or more to one, and be hugely more well-known, but if you can be painted as for the foreigner first, you're vulnerable.

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