Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney thinks House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorDemocrats step up calls that Russian hack was act of war Paul replaces Cruz as GOP agitator GOP shifting on immigration MORE’s (R-Va.) historic primary loss last week was more about local campaigns than politics.
While Cantor’s loss to Tea Party candidate and Randolph-Macon College professor David Brat reflects concerns about policies — specifically immigration reform, which was a focus of Brat’s campaign — it does not necessarily reflect nationwide trends, Romney said.
He pointed to Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) overwhelming primary win in a race against multiple Tea Party candidates.
While a Tea Party candidate won in Virginia, the Tea Party movement “certainly didn’t drive what happened in South Carolina,” Romney said.
“You’re seeing different voices in different parts of the country,” he added.
Romney said that kind of debate will be good for the 2014 elections, which he said will likely to lead to Republicans taking back the Senate.