This is genuinely shocking:
I've seen enough, it's over. Sitting Majority Leader of the House, Rep. Eric Cantor (R), has lost his primary to Prof. Dave Brat (R) #VA07— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) June 10, 2014
no they did not RT @deirdrewalshcnn: Cantor aides did not appear to be sweating this primary challenge at all earlier today— Kate Nocera (@KateNocera) June 10, 2014
One recent poll showed a potential tightening of the race, but with Cantor still ahead by double digits. And yet...the sitting House Majority Leader got blown out in a race everyone expected him to win comfortably. Incidentally, it's not as if he totally ignored his primary race either:
Cantor outspent Brat $993k to $76k in last seven weeks. Not a typo. #VA07— Daily Kos Elections (@DKElections) June 10, 2014
The immediate lesson?
Brat has exposed discontent with Cantor in the solidly Republican, suburban Richmond 7th Congressional District by attacking the lawmaker on his votes to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown, as well as his support for some immigration reforms. At a May meeting of Republican activists in the district, Cantor was booed, and an ally he campaigned for was ousted as the local party chairman in favor of a tea party favorite.
The fact that no one seems to know whether or not there is a Democratic candidate in VA-07 isn't promising if there is one.— Sean Trende (@SeanTrende) June 10, 2014
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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