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    June 10, 2014


    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the Speaker-in-waiting who was bidding for his seventh term in Congress, was defeated in a primary election by a little-known conservative economics professor, David Brat, in one of the most stunning upsets in modern political history.

    Brat defeated Cantor despite having no experience in elected office and despite Cantor outspending him by a margin of nearly 20-to-1. The Associated Press called the race for Brat shortly after 8 p.m., an hour after polls closed in Virginia's 7th district. Brat was leading Cantor, 56 percent to 44 percent, with 80 percent precincts reporting.

    For Cantor, the loss marks an abrupt end to a fast rise through the House leadership, a path that many expected would make him the first Jewish Speaker in U.S. history.

    And it is perhaps the most significant jolt to the Republican establishment since the emergence of the Tea Party in 2009. While conservative activists have ousted veteran Republicans like Sens. Bob Bennett (Utah) and Richard Lugar (Ind.), a sitting majority leader has never been defeated in a primary election.

    As recently as Friday, Cantor and his team in Virginia projected confidence.

    “I’m just not worried,” Cantor’s Richmond-based political adviser, Ray Allen, told The Hill. Cantor's own polling showed him with a comfortable lead.

    Brat told The Hill he was “peaking at exactly the right time.”

    And indeed he was.

    But there were warning signs for Republicans. Tea Party activists recently ousted a close Cantor ally as 7th district committee chairman. Brat ran hard against immigration reform, and the issue dominated conservative talk radio in recent days as the Obama administration's request of funds to cope with an influx of recently detained young illegal immigrants from Central America.

    Cantor sought to neutralize the issue, running hard negative television attacking Brat as a "liberal professor" and sending direct mail pieces saying he fought President Obama on "amnesty."

    "Barack Obama and Harry Reid: Pushing amnesty to give illegal aliens a free ride. Conservative Republican Eric Cantor is stopping this liberal plan," said one mailer.

    In the end, Cantor’s defeat may doom immigration reform for years to come.

    Cantor sought to neutralize the issue, running hard negative television attacking Brat as a "liberal professor" and sending direct mail pieces saying he fought President Obama on "amnesty."

    "Barack Obama and Harry Reid: Pushing amnesty to give illegal aliens a free ride. Conservative Republican Eric Cantor is stopping this liberal plan," said one mailer.

    Unlike elections in Mississippi and Kentucky, major conservative and Tea Party groups did not flood Cantor’s district with money and rallies.

    And Cantor poured money into the race from the beginning.

    Wary of allowing Tea Party groups to turn his district into a top battleground, Cantor unleashed a an early and heavy barrage of negative ads against Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College who previously lost a race for the state legislature. Cantor spent more than $1 million on the primary and attacked Brat as a “liberal” who served on an advisory board for former Gov. Tim Kaine at a time when the Democrat was pushing tax increases.

    In the waning days of the race, conservative radio stars Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin boosted Brat and condemned Cantor for backing “amnesty” for illegal immigrants. The attacks came even as Cantor was under fire from advocates of immigration reform for his refusal to bring legislation to the House floor that would offer legal status for undocumented immigrants.





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    I don't know this guy or what he stands for but I am thinking this is probably a good thing, at least for gun control.
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    Hey, wait a minute! Didn't somebody just report that the Tea Party was on their way out. I guess they were wrong.

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    Hopefully...this is good, We need some fresh blood.
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    Cantor had to be tired of straddling that liberal fence anyhow!!!
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