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Old 06-11-2014, 12:01 AM   #4
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Default Re: The Big Ass Second Term/Politics thread part V

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor just lost in the primary to a Tea Party candidate.

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Washington reels as House's Eric Cantor loses to tea party challenger

In a shocking political defeat guaranteed to upend Republican Party politics, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia lost his primary election Tuesday to a tea party newcomer who hammered the No. 2 leader on immigration reform. It was the first downfall of a congressional leader in a generation.

Establishment Washington reeled from the moment the polls closed as Cantor, the ambitious leader with his sights on becoming the next House speaker, trailed Dave Brat, a local college professor who rustled for tea party support at a time when GOP leaders elsewhere have succeeded in halting the ascent of hard-right candidates.

In the end, Brat claimed an easy victory over the seven-term incumbent in the Richmond-area district.
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