The running narrative of the midterm election primaries has been that the Tea Party is running out of gas. High-profile challengers from the right were losing most of the races. But then Thad Cochran lost his primary and was forced into a runoff and now House Majority Leader Eric Cantor got whipped in his primary and will lose his seat.
In what’s being called a political “earthquake,” the No. 2 Republican in the House, Eric Cantor, lost his primary on Tuesday to a college professor and tea party neophyte.
Cantor conceded the race with 99% of precincts reporting from the Richmond-area district showing him trailing Dave Brat 56% to 44%, according to the Virginia Secretary of State’s website. Turnout was low.
“Obviously we came up short,” Cantor said in his concession speech.
“It’s disappointing sure but I believe in this country. I believe there is opportunity around the next corner for all of us,” said Cantor, whose loss is all the more shocking because he’s considered very conservative.
Former U.S. Representative for Virginia’s 7th congressional district, serving since 2001, served as Minority Whip from 2009-2011 and Majority Leader from 2011 – June 10, 2014 when I was handed one of the most embarrassing losses in modern political history. Really regret opposing the extension of unemployment benefits now and calling the Tea Party “a tremendous positive influence” in 2010.
Will count votes (badly) for food.