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June 10, 2014 - 7:58 pm

Once labeled one of the most vulnerable incumbents in 2014, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) coasted to a primary victory Tuesday even as the House majority leader fell to a Tea Party challenge in Virginia.

With 95 percent of precincts reporting, Graham had 56.8 percent of the vote. The highest-scoring challenger out of six Tea Party opponents, state Sen. Lee Bright, barely cleared 15 percent.

By clearing 50 percent, Graham avoided a runoff.

He also put in an aggressive ground game, not taking for granted that his seat was safe, and spent about $10 million on the campaign.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) issued a statement asserting that the results were indeed a referendum on immigration reform, but not in the manner Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) opponents claimed.

“Tonight’s election shows the Republican Party has two paths it can take on immigration,” Schumer said. “The Graham path of showing leadership and solving a problem in a mainstream way, which leads to victory. Or the Cantor path of trying to play both sides, which is a path to defeat.”

Graham helped broker the Group of Eight immigration reform compromise legislation in the upper chamber.

“Cantor’s defeat does not change the fundamental fact that Republicans will become a minority party if they don’t address our broken immigration system,” Schumer added.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Cantor’s defeat turned the midterms into “a whole new ballgame.”

“Tonight, the Tea Party defeated Republican Leader Eric Cantor, who is one of the most extreme members of Congress,” Pelosi said.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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“Cantor’s defeat does not change the fundamental fact that Republicans will become a minority party if they don’t address our broken immigration system,” Schumer added.

Oh, it was a message, Schumer, just not the one you think it is. Cantor lost because he wants to grant Amnesty to people who came here illegally, take our jobs, benefits, suck down welfare, and don't give a damn about America - just how much stuff they can take.

Millions of Americans out of work or barely scraping by, and you guys want to make it infi8nitely worse. Go to hell, Schumer, and take Cantor with you.
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Graham outspent his opponenst (not one of which had statewide name recognition) by millions combined....they spent less than a quarter million.

All to get 56% of the vote. Tim Scott got 90%.

If Mark Sanford or Nikki Haley would have run against Graham he would have been toast.

The Graham Primary election supports the Anti-Amnesty narrative...not the other way around.
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Which of the 6 idiots did not see this coming?
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Schumer and Pelosi

A pair who just keep on getting elected and re-elected and re-elected by hardcore leftwingnut voters who know no better. And that's amazing in itself. They'll be past 100 years old and still be making grotesque voting decisions that are terrible for America.

They have been waiting all their lives for OBamster and his merry ol' band of progressivists to finally arrive. They fit right in and are dangerous to our health.
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It's not hard to win when you have 6 opponents spllitting the opposition.

We used to see this regularly in California. Good people would all run against the same RINO, thus making sure the RINO would win. Daryl Issa called it a "circular firing squad".

I just call it stupid.
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Chuckie Schumer: Concern Troll.
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“Cantor’s defeat does not change the fundamental fact that Republicans will become a minority party if they don’t address our broken immigration system,” Schumer added.

Oh, it was a message, Schumer, just not the one you think it is. Cantor lost because he wants to grant Amnesty to people who came here illegally, take our jobs, benefits, suck down welfare, and don't give a damn about America - just how much stuff they can take.

Millions of Americans out of work or barely scraping by, and you guys want to make it infi8nitely worse. Go to hell, Schumer, and take Cantor with you.
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Schumer and Pelosi offering ANAL-ysis ?

Cry me a river.
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Chuckie Schumer has never held down an adult job in his life. He was first elected to office while he was finishing law school.
He probably doesn't like dogs or cats.

Cheers
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“Cantor’s defeat does not change the fundamental fact that Republicans will become a minority party if they don’t address our broken immigration system,” Schumer added.

Only a Beltway Establican would truly believe The Chucklehead wants the GOP to remain a majority party.

Hey, you Stabs: Schumer wants to DESTROY you. That's why he wants you to wage war on your own party's base, ignoring what just happened to Cantor.

Joining up with the Democrats on immigration means putting on the enemy's uniform in an environment where voters are ready to open fire -- even against top Republican congressional leaders.

Ball's in your court, Weepy.
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Does anyone care what Chuck Schumer says? I don't. Pelosi either. Both political hacks that have been in Washington dictating to us for far too long. Throw the bums out.
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