June 10, 2014

EARTHQUAKE: Eric Cantor Loses Va. GOP Congressional Primary

Filed under: Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:23 pm

This is “an earthquake, tsunami and ____ (you’ll have to go to the link and look up the acronym yourself) all at once.”

Dave Brat has defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated Tuesday by a little-known economics professor in Virginia’s Republican primary, a stunning upset and major victory for the tea party.

Cantor is the second-most powerful member of the U.S. House and was seen by some as a possible successor to the House speaker.

His loss to Dave Brat, a political novice with little money marks a huge victory for the tea party movement, which supported Cantor just a few years ago.

AP won’t tell us the size of Cantor’s loss/Brat’s victory.

Here it is, an 11-point drubbing with almost 90% of precincts counted:


How’s that illegal-immigrant amnesty idea looking now, John Boehner and U.S. Chamber of Commerce?


UPDATE 1: Politico — “the most shocking primary defeat since Republicans took the House in 2010.” UPDATE 1A: USA Today cites Tom Foley’s loss to George Nethercutt in 1994 as the biggest previous stunner — But that was in a general election.

I don’t recall a more shocking primary defeat of an incumbent Congressman in my lifetime — and I don’t think there is one.

UPDATE 2: With all but two precincts counted, the 11-point margin held.

UPDATE 3: Breitbart

Epic grass-roots victory …

… In a election cycle about the Establishment striking back, one of the most shocking electoral upsets in modern history happened while the the political world was yawning.

Perhaps the most staggering fact about the upset is that Cantor did not, even remotely, take the race for granted. He spent millions and campaigned hard. Many of the incumbents who have lost their seats didn’t realize the threat was coming until it was there. Cantor seemed to know what he was facing, just not how to handle it.

UPDATE 4: Politico — “National Republicans turned out door-knockers – Cantor’s entire political operation was thrust into full throttle. He was trying to set an example, his allies say. Instead, he became an example.

UPDATE 5: Sweeeeeeet“Virginia has a ‘sore loser’ law that prevents him from running as an independent candidate, or attempting a write-in campaign in November.”

UPDATE 6: “Cantor became the first person in American history to lose his party’s primary while holding the position of House majority leader, according to Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper.”



  1. This is what happens when you do not listen to those whom you are counting on to elect you. It’s called Representation, not group choice. Cantor made an issue of the Tea Party influencing the GOP, so he got exactly what he asked for.

    I was listening to the John Bachlor on talk radio last night, him and Kudlow somehow have bought into the Dem Talking point of “we have to do immigration reform because a majority of Americans want it.” What they continually refuse to see by glossing over is “what kind of reform” do Americans want and it’s not amnesty. When Dems and GOP leaders talk of immigration reform, they mean amnesty NOT enforcement of the existing laws or holding Obama and ICE accountable for not doing their JOB.

    I think it was Kudlow whom made an interesting remark about Brat as a free market economist not being consistent with his position by being against so called immigration reform as though the US Chamber of Commerce position was the only rational one. The Chamber like the NRA are tightly focused on their single issue to the point of myopia of other issues and as a group are not above trading away important nuances for their specific interest. Free Trade to the US Chamber of Commerce does not mean the same thing to Conservatives. They have supported a lacks HB1 visa program to the point of disadvantaging our unemployed citizens just so they can have cheap labor. That nuance is not what Conservatives agree to when we say Free Trade. I raised that issue before about wanting one’s cake and eating it too. It’s okay to outsource, but it’s not okay to import cheap labor because we the citizenry paid to build the necessary infrastructure, the countries where the cheap labor came from did not. If you outsource, that means you have to support or build up the infrastructure of that country to produce your product to sell here, that costs money which adds overhead.

    Comment by dscott — June 11, 2014 @ 9:47 am

  2. but,but,but the Tea Party is dead. or something.

    dscott, do you comment at weaselzippers?

    Comment by GW — June 11, 2014 @ 3:34 pm

  3. #2, why yes I do and Instapunit as well.

    Comment by dscott — June 12, 2014 @ 9:25 am

  4. #3 I thought I recognized your intelligence under the nickname dscott over there!

    Comment by GW — June 12, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

  5. Don’t give him a big head, GW. Say you recognized his “style.” (/kidding)

    Comment by Tom — June 12, 2014 @ 3:55 pm

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