June 10th, 2014
08:30 PM ET
9 years ago

Big upset: No. 2 House Republican Eric Cantor loses primary

Updated 8:50 a.m. ET, 6/10/2014

(CNN) - In the biggest upset of the year, the No. 2 Republican in the House, Eric Cantor, has lost to his tea party opponent in his primary in Virginia.

With all precincts reporting, Cantor was defeated by his opponent Dave Brat 55% to 44%, according to the Virginia State Board of Elections website.


Filed under: Eric Cantor • House Republicans • Virginia
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Anthony

    How is that 2014 Republican Tsunami working out so far, Republicans?

    June 11, 2014 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Sniffit

    How's all that "resurgence of the GOP establishment" narrative manufacture working out for you, CNN?

    Pro tip: report the news rather than trying to weave it.

    June 11, 2014 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. Sniffit

    "For those that think the Tea Party is dead and buried I have News Blurb for you. NOT YET !!"

    Indeed. As a liberal, I couldn't be happier watching your goose-stepping march to marginalization.

    June 11, 2014 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. smith1

    It just keeps getting better. Repos don't want reform of any kind. Vote them all out this November.

    June 11, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Sniffit

    "What? Is this the new Tea Party Voter language? Please keep posting. You’re a hoot!

    Ikr!! And they have the mitigated gall to question President Obama's intelligence. I read another one earlier today under a closed topic and all I could say was "What"?"

    C'mon guys...we can be nicer than that. Let's stick to slamming the substance of their arguments instead 🙂

    June 11, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Malory Archer posted:

    This is what happens when you have low voter turnout in an election, primary or general.
    I thought I heard them say that turnout was 19,000 higher than in the 2012 general election, which Cantor won.

    June 11, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. Keith ..... in Oregon

    Wow, an article in CNN's Political Ticker that's not a cheer-leading piece about Hillary Clinton....now, that's real news!

    June 11, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. GOP = Greed Over People

    Makes one wonder how many Virginian Dems participated in the fat radio host blowhard sanctioned "operation chaos" and voted for Brat in the open primary?

    18k more voters than in the 2012 primary, says to me, possibly a great many.

    But, keep up the chatter about it being his stand on immigration, tea bagger "strength" etc.

    June 11, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. Moderate Sean

    Elephant in the Room – This District encompasses the northern suburbs of Richmond (Henrico and Hanover Counties) and proceeds north to a more rural area of Culpeper County. The district is very diverse, more moderate in the populated south and very conservative in the rural north. The Democratic Senator (Warner) won the district in the last election, while Mitt Romney won the overall vote (though Pres. Obama received about 46% of the vote) in the 2012 Presidential Election. Approximately 68,000 voters partook in this primary, which is considerably more than the number who participated in the 2012 Primary (Presidential Year mind you). David Brat, the winner last night, won by 7,000 votes, which is equates to a 12 percentage point win. That is a huge accomplishment beating a sitting Congressman, who also happens to be the House Majority Leader too!! It is going to be a very interesting election come November, as both candidates for this House Seat (Democrat vs Republican) are colleagues (Professors) at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA. Both are unknown, so predicting a winner is going to be tough....if the Dems and the more moderate Independents come out in large numbers in the heavily populated Henrico County, it could potentially be a D pick-up. This will be a race to now watch.

    June 11, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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