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June 30, 2006

Rep. Chris Cannon, a conservative advocate of immigrant rights, bests critic John Jacob

A good sign from this election; the anti-immigration candidate loses;

By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times staff writer, June 28, 2006

"Rep. Chris Cannon (R-Utah) staved off a primary challenge Tuesday night, defeating an opponent who attacked him for backing President Bush's guest worker program. Cannon, a conservative who has been a longtime advocate of immigrants' rights, had 56% of the vote over John Jacob's, 44%, with 89% of the vote counted.

The contest highlighted the split in the GOP over illegal immigration. Cannon was targeted by a political action committee founded by fellow Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) that dubbed the incumbent the "king of amnesty." A longtime target of anti-immigration groups, Cannon found himself so threatened this year that President Bush and his father urged voters to back the congressman.

Cannon framed his victory as a choice for a pragmatic solution on immigration reform. "A lot of money got spent here by outside groups, by people who had a vested interest in not solving the immigration problem," Cannon said in an interview after Jacob conceded. "People here in Utah looked at it and said 'we want to solve the problem".

At; www.latimes.com

Posted by VisaLawyer at June 30, 2006 09:24 AM

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