(CNN) - After pulling off the biggest upset victory of the primary season, Republican congressional nominee Dave Brat says he's still processing it all.
"I need a few days to decompress after that election," Brat exclusively told CNN on Thursday, two days after the tea party-backed economics professor toppled House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the GOP primary in Virginia's 7th Congressional District.
"I’m just so happy with the outcome of the election. I literally have a thousand emails, a thousand voicemails so I'm just trying to catch up on everything," he added.
His constituents spoke, Brat said, "I think they want a new direction in Washington, D.C."
"So, if they think I'm a part of that, I'm absolutely humbled by the vote - that's what I ran on."
Brat campaigned heavily on the issue of immigration, calling Cantor's support for minor reforms "amnesty." His win is seen as the end to any chance immigration reform passes the Republican-controlled House this year.
Asked about the fate of immigration reform, Brat steered away from talking policy.
"The first thing we need to do - we have disaster on the border right now, humanitarian disaster so we need to close down the border and I'll just leave it at that for right now," he said.
The Republican Party of Virginia told CNN Thursday that they'll "do whatever we can" to help Brat win in November.
A GOP official in the commonwealth said that "our biggest problem right now is just communicating with Brat."
The official, who asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely, said that there are only three people working on the Brat campaign: the candidate and two staffers.
"We've got to get them the resources and the people he needs," the official told CNN.
Republican-dominated district, which is anchored in the Richmond area but stretches some 100 miles from the Tidewater to the outer reaches of the Washington exurbs.
So what's the first thing a political novice turned tea party star does after besting the No. 2 House Republican?
CNN caught up with Brat in his car outside his home in Glen Allen, Virginia as he was on his way to get a haircut.
CNN's Lindy Royce, Dana Davidsen and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.