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It is believed Cantor’s tepid support for immigration reform was a major issue in the race, as well as the soon-to-be Former U.S. House Majority losing touch with his district that historically votes 57% Republican.
The non-partisan Public Religion Research Institute on Tuesday aligned Brat’s opposition to immigration reform with Tea Party interests, over a majority of mainstream Republicans who support a pathway to citizenship. Brat's no path-to-citizenship positions are supported by the more extreme elements of the Republican Party.
It is unknown if Cantor can launch a possible write in candidacy at this time.