Lamar Alexander, Thad Cochran Brace for Falls After Cantor Crumbles
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Titans of the Washington GOP establishment are bracing for more potential defeats after grassroots-fueled conservative economics professor Dave Brat crushed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by double digits on Tuesday. The top two GOP establishment icons grassroots conservatives are targeting next are Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Thad Cochran of Mississippi.
Brat’s campaign against Cantor laser-focused on the majority leader’s support for comprehensive immigration reform, and how amnesty would economically hurt American workers. Brat ran on the message of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), an immigration hawk who’s argued against amnesty and an increase in legal immigration based on the economic effect it would have on struggling American families.
That same issue—immigration—is shaping up as a backbone of the coming Tennessee Senate primary, and has played out in Mississippi too.
Tennessee State Rep. Joe Carr—Alexander’s conservative primary challenger, who is within striking distance of the under-50-percent Alexander—on Tuesday night congratulated Brat, and said he’s coming for Alexander in that state’s August primary. “What we have seen tonight in Virginia shows that no race should be taken for granted and all the money and position in the world doesn’t resonate with an electorate that is fed up with a Washington establishment that has abandoned conservative principles,” Carr said.