House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican primary in Virginia's 7th Congressional District to Tea Party challenger David Brat — a stunning defeat that will upend the chamber's GOP leadership.
"I know there's a lot of long faces here tonight, and it's disappointing, sure," Cantor said, speaking to supporters. "I believe in this country; I believe there's opportunity around the next corner for all of us."
NPR's Ron Elving calls the defeat of Cantor, who was widely expected to eventually replace House Speaker John Boehner, "Truly stunning and all but unprecedented for a speaker-in-waiting."
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source is conflicted but still enjoying the schadenfreude
(on another side - a state senator is stepping down which hands everything to the repubs but the dems hold the governorship. meaning mcauliffe isn't going to be able to pass the medicaid expansion very easily. oh virginia.)
eta: Two things to remember: 1) Virginia has an open primary and B) only 12% of his voting district voted in the primary today. That's it. Despite the jubilation from the Tea Party about anti-establishment and immigration, it's more likely that this is all on Cantor thinking he'd have an easy time and not doing enough to represent his home district.