This is huge! House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) lost his primary challenge today to Dave Brat, a tea party backed conservative with little funding. Cantor has recently been pushing for immigration reform and trying to negotiate with President Obama. Apparently, that didn’t sit too well with Republican voters back in his district. I hope this will serve as a lesson to other establishment Republicans who think they’re invincible.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated Tuesday by a little-known economics professor in Virginia’s Republican primary, a stunning upset and major victory for the tea party.
Cantor is the second-most powerful member of the U.S. House and was seen by some as a possible successor to the House speaker.
His loss to Dave Brat, a political novice with little money marks a huge victory for the tea party movement, which supported Cantor just a few years ago.
Brat had been a thorn in Cantor’s side on the campaign, casting the congressman as a Washington insider who isn’t conservative enough. Last month, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor in front of his family at a local party convention.
His message apparently scored well with voters in the 7th District. (Read More)
I can almost feel the shock waves going through Washington, DC tonight. A friend of Cantor’s told the Washington Post “This is an earthquake.” I’ll say, not only did Brat win, he really clobbered Cantor.
Here’s to the tea party being alive and well. Cheers!
Oh, and here’s the link to Brat’s website if you want to make a donation to help him win the election in November.
Update: National Journal reports that the GOP leadership is in chaos. This is good news. They need to be shaken up. It’s time for some new leadership.
Befuddlement hit and lingered within the House GOP leadership ranks as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s election fate was unwinding on Tuesday. Cantor lost in a huge upset to primary challenger Dave Brat.
There was no immediate comment from House Speaker John Boehner.
But a senior Republican leadership aide described the mood as “chaos for the leadership ranks.” (Read More)