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Virginia political quake may doom Obama immigration hopes

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, listens to a speaker during a press conference in Washington on February 5, 2013A grassroots revolution in Virginia did not just topple Republican Party chieftain Eric Cantor. Tuesday’s political earthquake also likely doomed US President Barack Obama’s hopes of a sole significant second term domestic legislative triumph — immigration reform. The stunning primary defeat of Cantor, the House Republican Majority leader, by a hero of the radical conservative Tea Party faction ranked as one of the biggest electoral upsets in decades. A shocked Washington was only beginning to game out the political implications Wednesday.

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