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No. 2 House Republican faces unlikely challenge from immigrant farm worker

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    This photo taken May 21, 2014, provided by Tanya X. Leonzo shows Raul Garcia standing in a grape vineyard in Bakersfield, Calif. Garcia is a virtually unknown Central California farmworker who got on the ballot as a write-in candidate for a house seat. Garcia has a question for incumbent, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., “While we are waiting for you on immigration reform, who should be harvesting America’s food?” (AP Photo/Tanya X. Leonzo) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - This July 31, 2014 file photo shows House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif. on Capitol Hill in Washington. Raul Garcia has a question for Kevin McCarthy, the House’s No. 2 Republican: “While we are waiting for you on immigration reform, who should be harvesting America’s food?” It’s a provocative query and the foundation of Garcia’s long-shot challenge to McCarthy, a three-term incumbent who rose to power after another GOP leader thought unsinkable, Virginia’s Eric Cantor, fell to an unknown candidate in a primary. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) (The Associated Press)

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is facing a long-shot campaign challenge from a Mexican-born farmworker.

Raul Garcia, who says he became a naturalized citizen after immigrating to this country illegally, got on the ballot as a write-in candidate thanks to a quirk in California's primary election system.

Now he has union backing and ambitions to put McCarthy on the spot in his own agriculture-rich backyard for the failure of the Republican House to move immigration legislation.

In a new campaign ad Garcia asks McCarthy a provocative question: "While we are waiting for you on immigration reform, who should be harvesting America's food?"

McCarthy says in a statement that he will keep working hard for the district, but he had no comment on Garcia's candidacy.