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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia was defeated in the Republican primary Tuesday, criticized from his right flank for seeming open to amnesty for some illegal immigrants.

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    Betty Yee has widened her lead over fellow Democrat John A Pérez for second place and a spot in the Nov. 4 runoff for state controller. Yee, a member of the state Board of Equalization, had a 3,563-vote lead over Pérez with fewer than 250,000 votes left to count statewide. Ashley Swearengin, the Republican mayor of Fresno, has locked up first place in the primary and a spot in the general election.

    – Bee Capitol Bureau

The Buzz: Eric Cantor was big contributor to California lawmakers, candidates

Published: Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014 - 10:06 pm

Cantor was big contributor to lawmakers, candidates

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, felled in an upset by tea party challenger Dave Brat on Tuesday, helped channel at least $570,000 to California candidates over the last decade.

Cantor is considered one of the Republican Party’s most skilled fundraisers, using his leadership PAC to support colleagues and challengers running across the country.

Cantor’s PAC, the aptly named Every Republican is Crucial, or ERIC PAC, contributed $30,000 each to Reps. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, and Duncan D. Hunter, R-Alpine, and $20,000 apiece to Reps. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, and Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale.

Brat challenged Cantor on his willingness to support “amnesty” for those in the country illegally, a point Cantor strongly denied in mailers to voters across Virginia’s 7th District. Michael Eggman, a Turlock farmer and Denham’s opponent in November, seized on the PAC’s contributions to his rival, contending Cantor’s loss was a “resounding rebuke to a career politician who talked out of both sides of his mouth on immigration reform.”

“Congressman Jeff Denham has been put on notice,” Eggman said.

– Christopher Cadelago

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“I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that.”

Rick Perry, Texas governor, in San Francisco, repeating his belief that homosexuality is a choice.

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