BREAKING: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor loses GOP primary to tea party challenger Dave Brat in Va. http://t.co/mG9TU1XtI8
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 11, 2014
You better believe this news will have every establishment Republican in DC breaking out in a cold sweat tonight. Their number two guy in the US House, Eric Cantor, just got absolutely hammered by his conservative primary opponent. Issues like “Disorganization and poor funding” are being blamed for Cantor’s defeat. But mainly, tonight’s historic loss happened because of Cantor’s well documented support for “amnesty.“
Cantor’s opponent, Dave Brat, an economics professor and political newcomer, made illegal immigration the issue of his campaign. And Surely, the recent news of an influx (invasion?) of illegals literally being bussed into the country by the feds drove Brat’s point home even further. Amazingly Brat was beating Cantor by 12 percentage points when the Associated Press called the race.
Eric Cantor was first elected to representative Virginia’s 7th district in 2000. Cantor became the House majority leader, second in leadership, in 2011 after the Tea Party landslide elections in 2010.
According to Roll Call, Cantor will go down as the first Majority Leader in US history to lose his primary election.
Brat will go on to face Democrat challenger Jack Trammell in the general election this fall in a safe Republican district.
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