Majority Leader Eric Cantor Loses Primary to Tea Party Candidate

As the polls close in Virginia, it appears tea party challenger David Brat has defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary for Virginia’s 7th District.

Unlike other congressional A-listers who fell to an untimely defeat, Cantor will not be able to run as an independent candidate in the general election, though he could stage a write-in campaign. Meanwhile, a hard-right conservative tea party candidate running as the GOP nominee could open the door for a Democratic victory, even though the district went for Mitt Romney in 2012 and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in 2008.

The Washington Post:

“This is an earthquake,” said former Minnesota congressman Vin Weber, a friend of Cantor’s. “No one thought he’d lose.” But 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.

As of just three days ago, polls showed Cantor leading by 13 points.

The Democratic candidate is Jack Trammell, a professor at Randolph Macon College.

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