Desire For Change — Not Anti-Immigrant Sentiment — Does In Congressman Cannon

The recent defeat of Republican Chris Cannon in Utah has some anti-immigrant groups claiming he lost because his opponent, Jason Chaffetz, was a hardline restrictionist on immigration. However, a post yesterdy from Think Progress was quick to disprove that theory:

It is true that while staunchly conservative on most matters, Cannon was a moderate on immigration. But what is apparently not true is that there was a connection between Cannon’s immigration moderation and his loss. In fact, Cannon’s last election had been against a much more zealous anti-immigrant hardliner and he won. It appears that, Cannon became identified as a DC insider who had lost touch with his district at a time when even conservative voters are swept up in the need for change.

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