GOP House Majority Leader Ousted in Primary Shocker

In a historic primary upset in Virginia on Tuesday, House Majority Leader and Republican Congressman Eric Cantor, was defeated by his Tea Party-backed challenger Dave Brat.

The defeat is being treated as a shocking political development by national media outlets and pundits, as few thought it possible that Cantor—one of the most powerful GOP leaders in Washington—was under serious threat from Brat, a college professor who ran as “the true conservative” to the right of the Majority Leader as he took a specifically hardline and regressive stance on immigration.

Though Cantor raised a reported $5.4 million compared to Brat’s $200,000 and outspent him 20-to-1, his challenger was ahead by a margin of 56 to 44 percent when Cantor conceded the race just before 8:30 PM.

According to Politico:

As the Huffington Post notes, no sitting House Majority Leader has lost an election since 1899.


And The Hill described it as the “most significant jolt to the Republican establishment since the emergence of the Tea Party in 2009.”

According to a news analysis by Ryan Grim, Cantor was the victim of the very monster he helped create. Referring to the Tea Party wing of the party, Grim explains:

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