In a devastating upset propelled by tea party activists, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) was defeated in today’s congressional primary, with insurgent David Brat delivering an unpredicted and stunning loss to the second most powerful Republican in the House who has widely been touted as a future speaker.
Brat’s victory gives the GOP a volatile outlook for the rest of the campaign season, with the party establishment struggling late Tuesday to grapple with the news and tea party conservatives relishing a surprising win.
Brat, tapping into conservative anger over Cantor’s role in supporting efforts to reform federal immigration laws, found a way to combat Cantor’s significant financial edge.
Brat only had $40,000 in the bank at the end of March. Cantor had $2 million.
The winner of the GOP primary will face Democratic Party nominee Jack Trammell – a professor at Randolph-Macon College, the same school where Brat works – in the general election this fall. Read more.