UT: Moderation on Immigration a Political Strength

While some politicians express angst about sounding moderate on the immigration issue by eschewing xenophobic measures, a Utah primary election last week shows just how weak the hard-line anti-immigrant stance is with real voters.

The race turned almost entirely on the issue of immigration. The incumbent U.S. Rep. Chris Cannon faced a primary challenge from someone whose profile largely matched his -- conservative and a member of the LDS church. The voters of the district stuck with the incumbent -- a victory for moderation on immigration even among conservative primary voters in a conservative state.

The election result has brought more venom from the far right, but mostly serves as an example that the public really is receptive to reasonable stances on the immigration issue.

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