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Eric Cantor Loses to Tea Party Candidate in GOP Primary

Cantor's defeat interrupts a wave of confidence among establishment Republicans that they had successfully held off the tea party threat this year.

Eric Cantor has lost a Republican primary in Virginia to tea party candidate Dave Brat. Official U.S. House photo
Eric Cantor has lost a Republican primary in Virginia to tea party candidate Dave Brat. Official U.S. House photo
In a political development with national implications, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Virginia Republican primary to tea party candidate Dave Brat, according to The Associated Press.

The upset was a stunning defeat for Cantor that interrupted a wave of confidence among establishment Republicans that they had successfully held off the tea party threat this year.

“I know there’s a lot of long faces here tonight,” he told a crowd of supporters in a Richmond hotel ballroom, according to The Washington Post. “It’s disappointing, sure. But I believe in this country. I believe there’s opportunity around the next corner for all of us.”

Cantor, 51, was the U.S. representative for Virginia's 7th congressional district in suburban Richmond.

The winner will face Democratic Party nominee Jack Trammell in the general election this fall. Trammell is a professor at Randolph-Macon College, the same school where Brat works.
 
The official tally from the State Board of Elections as of about 8:15 p.m. showed Brat with 55 percent of the vote, with 217 of 243 precincts reporting.





Natassia Grover June 13, 2014 at 04:41 PM
Biology shows that the DNA of a unique and new individual human exists after conception. I don't understand the need to dehumanize the new human in order to assert "women's rights" (whatever the heck that means.) As a woman, I believe I have the same inherent human rights as every other person regardless of sex or age (or stage of development.) On-demand abortions dehumanize everyone involved, particularly women. But that is what defines the Democratic Party today: unrestricted on-demand taxpayer-provided abortions. It is the party of death. Never mind the fact that the majority of the Democratic Party now wants to take away my ability to defend myself and my children from violent psychopaths and criminals. Every day I hear of some new piece of legislation designed to make my life harder and more expensive and more restricted and more observed (thanks NSA), and generally such policies are coming from Democrats. The only things they want to make easier for me is to engage in destructive behavior and kill my unborn offspring.
Patrick J June 13, 2014 at 05:02 PM
I'm sorry Chris but the Dems don't want any common ground. Remember Obamacare? The Senate passed their Bill on Christmas Eve! Does that sound like people who want to find common ground? The only common ground they seek is when it's to their objectives. Whenever Republicans have any advantage, then the Media and the Dems talk about common ground. It's nothing but a ploy to back off our principles. That's why the defeat of Cantor raised so many eyebrows because no one thought he would lose. And it worries people like Wallst and company. Elections are contests of ideas. We shouldn't elect people to reach across the aisle because it doesn't work. Otherwise, people like Dole and McCain would have won.
Wallst June 13, 2014 at 06:39 PM
Patrick, I am completely satified with Cantor losing. It means that the GOP is TOTALLY controlled by the Tea Party and there are NO moderates (Snowe, etc.) left and this is GREAT news for Dems. The GOP has closed their tent down to the size of a small teepee, and that will never work in a national election. Just think Romney and how Karl Rove had him as a sure bet. LOL

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