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'The radicals won' and immigration is dead, Bill Nelson says of Cantor loss



"The radicals won," Sen. Bill Nelson declared today when asked about Eric Cantor's epic defeat.

"That's not what our politics needs," Nelson said in an interview while walking to a vote. "This is just another indication of the Republican Party being so split apart. It will probably take another couple election cycles for this to all sort itself out."

Echoing others, Nelson said Cantor's loss, the reasons for which are varied, could have a chilling effect. "It pretty well kills immigration reform over in the House."

The anti-establishment wing of the GOP looks next to Mississippi, where Sen. Thad Cochran is in a June 24 runoff election with tea-party backed Chris McDaniel.

"He's a good senator," Nelson said of Cochran. "I hate to see an extremist take him out. It's another example of what happened to Dick Lugar.” Pointing to the Senate floor, he added: "It emboldens the extremists in there."

[Last modified: Thursday, June 12, 2014 3:59pm]


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