Primary elections this week are being seen as a litmus test of topics including US immigration policy ahead of the November midterm elections.
25 August 2010
US immigration policy top issue for November midterm elections
Political commentators are predicting that US immigration policy will be a top issue during November’s midterm elections along with the state of the economy.
Primary election results this week in Arizona, Florida, Vermont and Alaska are being closely watched as a litmus test of voter mood.
In April, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a draconian anti-illegal US immigration law that gave police powers to spot-check the immigration status of anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. The law was overturned but Brewer has vowed to take the immigration fight to the US Supreme Court.
US Senator John McCain, faced with a tough nomination battle over his Senate seat for Arizona because of the toughened immigration law, adjusted his position from championing comprehensive reform and a path to eventual citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants already in the country to focus on demanding stronger border security.
The move appears to have worked with US Senator John McCain claiming victory in an Arizona primary, easily fending off a challenge by conservative J.D. Hayworth.