In a stunning upset, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost the GOP Virginia primary Tuesday night to Dave Brat, an economics professor and political novice.
The Associated Press called the race for Cantor about an hour after polls closed at 7 p.m. ET.
Cantor is the second-most powerful member of the U.S. House and was widely seen as the next in line to succeed House Speaker John Boehner.
Cantor's loss to 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. His message apparently scored well with voters in the 7th District.
"There needs to be a change," said Joe Mullins, who voted in Chesterfield County Tuesday. The engineering company employee said he has friends who tried to arrange town hall meetings with Cantor, who declined their invitations.Cantor's problem was his ongoing support of amnesty for illegal aliens, and then even lying about it in campaign literature. He was even so desperate he was asking Democrats to support him in his race against Brat. It didn't help him recently when Cantor made personal attacks against Brat, and ended up getting booed by grassroots GOP members.
Jamie Radtke echoes my sentiments.
I just don’t see how Eric Cantor pulls it out at this point. He has suffered devastating blows in Hanover, Chesterfield and even in Henrico – his home county. Say goodbye to the Majority Leader. The grassroots have spoken. They wanted to send a strong message to Washington DC and they just did.
Oh, by the way…the tea party is alive and well!I'm sure Karl Rove, Bill Bolling and all the other RINOs will waste no time trying to sabatoge Brat. They're part of the problem.
Good riddance Eric Cantor.