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.”