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June 18, 2014

U.S. benefits if Cantor runs again as ’sore loser’

Eric Cantor is exiting the stage quietly, resigning next month as House majority leader and declining to run as a write-in candidate after his stunning defeat in this week’s Republican primary in Virginia. His magnanimity makes him an ideal champion for a new cause: eliminating “sore loser” laws. Virginia, like 43 other states, prohibits candidates who lose their party primaries from qualifying for the general election ballot as independents. Instead, if such candidates want to continue their quests for office, the state forces them to tilt at windmills, by mounting write-in campaigns.

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