Eric Cantor | News | Republican Party

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Defeated by Tea Party Challenger in Primary


House Majoriy Leader Eric Cantor has lost the Republican primary for his House seat, the AP reports:

Economics professor Dave Brat won a stunning upset victory against Cantor on Tuesday in the 7th District Republican primary contest, which is in the Richmond area. 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.


The WaPo adds:

Brat’s victory gives the GOP a volatile outlook for the rest of the campaign season, with the party establishment struggling late Tuesday to grapple with the news and tea party conservatives relishing a surprising win.

“This is an earthquake,” said former Minnesota congressman Vin Weber, a friend of Cantor’s. “No one thought he’d lose.” But Brat, tapping into conservative anger over Cantor’s role in supporting efforts to reform federal immigration laws, found a way to combat Cantor’s significant financial edge.

Feed This post's comment feed


  1. Wow, indeed. Let's hope the Democratic candidate is electable and wins.

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 10, 2014 8:31:09 PM

  2. buh bye... woohoo!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: steve | Jun 10, 2014 8:55:50 PM

  3. Bill: Dream on, voters are shooting for right wing extremism, not your regular Republicans nor moderates or lefties.

    Posted by: Douggie | Jun 10, 2014 9:00:30 PM

  4. @Bill : you can hope for it, but chances are the Republican candidate will win given that the district elected a Republican previously and voted 57 percent for Romney in the last presidential election.

    A quick search didn't turn up the fraction of the district registered as Republicans versus Democrats, and that would be useful to have.

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 10, 2014 9:04:38 PM

  5. See ya!!

    Posted by: Will G. | Jun 10, 2014 9:05:34 PM

  6. Hahahahahahaha!

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Jun 10, 2014 9:19:33 PM

  7. Cantor's voice was always the worst combination of whiny Southern Mama's Boy and Jewish Mama's Boy. He was about as authentic as instant grits. Not sorry to see him go.

    Posted by: Matzah Cracker | Jun 10, 2014 9:27:08 PM

  8. Kinda scary though that Tea Party is winning over Conservative.

    But then again, Eric Cantor was no conservative, but rather an extreme right wingnut.

    This Gerrymandering is going to drive the elections bonkers. Unfairly bonkers.

    Posted by: Philie | Jun 10, 2014 9:29:25 PM

  9. Hahahahaha! Republicans are f*cked. Have fun with your toothless House majority while it lasts.

    Posted by: Josh | Jun 10, 2014 9:34:46 PM

  10. The winner is a tea party lunatic. It will be a disaster if he wins the house seat. Not sure how much support he has in VA. At least he is strong enough to beat Canter. The question is whether he can win over moderates which may not exist in VA.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 10, 2014 9:44:20 PM

  11. The Republican establishment spent $5 Million on this primary pushing Eric Cantor and their pro-immigration and pro-illegal alien amnesty agenda.

    His tea party challenger spent less than $200,000. And he whooped some GOP ass.

    Posted by: Glen | Jun 10, 2014 9:51:16 PM

  12. @GLEN Yeah, Cantor supported opportunity for people wanting to fight in our military and those brought here as children. Glen, please learn how to act like an American, not a teanut racist.

    Posted by: Josh | Jun 10, 2014 10:04:18 PM

  13. Next will be John Boner. He will cry again if he loses the house seat. Even better the tea part takes over the GOP. They may win local elections. Not sure if they have any national appeal.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 10, 2014 10:09:17 PM

  14. Those of you celebrating this show a clear lack of understanding of politics. This was in an extremely conservative district and the Democratic nominee has next to zero chance of winning this seat. This is just the beginning of the Tea Party wave coming back to power. All Dems should be absolutely terrified about this.

    Posted by: wheelie81 | Jun 10, 2014 10:35:20 PM

  15. "The winner is a tea party lunatic"

    LMAO. He's an Economics Professor who's never been elected to an office before today. What do we need with 50 million on food stamps, huh? More Community Organizers!! More Hah-vahrd!!

    Posted by: MIke | Jun 10, 2014 10:37:27 PM

  16. Mike, Tea Party darling Ted Cruz went to Hah-vahrd, you idiot.

    Posted by: Terry | Jun 10, 2014 11:25:00 PM

  17. This dude is dangerous. A too-well educated teahadist, a la Ted Cruz, the last thing we need more of in Congress. And let's not get too carried away with his professorship -- he teaches at illustrious Randolph-Macon College, whatever the hell that is.

    Cantor was a pandering, whiny d-bag of a Congressman, but this guy is worse, and has no one really running against him. He's in the next Congress.

    Posted by: SoLeftImRight | Jun 10, 2014 11:28:24 PM

  18. This is the way politics is supposed to work. You lose touch with and look down on your constituents. You get to big for your britches. You lose come election day. We need to vote all these overpaid bums out of Congress and replace them with new faces.

    Power to the People!

    Posted by: Rob | Jun 10, 2014 11:38:09 PM

  19. Ugh, why does Towleroad censor bad words?!?! Are we or are we not grown ups here??? We see posts on the reality of violence, on sexy nearly-naked men, on political scandals, on gay iconography. But if you use foul language in your comment on a piece in this notoriously nutty comment section, the whole thing gets deleted. What the FUDGE?
    /end rant

    Posted by: Lucas H | Jun 11, 2014 12:17:46 AM

  20. For the record! The offending word started with an A and ended in a HOLES. LOL. Similar to butthead, jerkface, wanker, d-bag, doodoo head
    cootie queen lint-licker kumquat stink face!

    I need some Orbits gum now.

    My initial comment was on-topic, I swear.

    Posted by: Lucas H | Jun 11, 2014 12:35:46 AM

  21. Amazing. Both the Republican and Democratic nominees in this district are faculty at the same small college, Randolph Macon College. The Republican teaches economics; the Democrat teaches sociology. What an interesting fall semester this will be!

    Posted by: Jim | Jun 11, 2014 1:06:23 AM

  22. Did anyone else see the headline on Huffington Post's front page that reads, "Lindsey Graham Tops 6 TEA Party Challenges in South Carolina Primary"?

    Funny. I always assumed he wasn't a top.

    Posted by: Craig | Jun 11, 2014 2:20:23 AM

  23. This is the clown that wished only the business owners a Happy Labor Day two years ago. See ya, douchewad.

    Posted by: Quicksilver | Jun 11, 2014 5:50:17 AM

  24. As much as I dislike the Tea Party, I dislike the establishment far more.

    Posted by: Jay | Jun 11, 2014 6:01:14 AM

  25. It is funny and sad, Cantor got the bad hand, gop is so sad excuse for the party as a whole.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Jun 11, 2014 6:39:00 AM

  26. 1 2 »

Post a comment


« «100+ Lawmakers Urge John Kerry to Drop Brunei from Trade Talks Over Anti-Gay Stoning Law « «