June 10th, 2014
08:30 PM ET
8 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. j.v.hodgson

    I listened to all the punditry on this and it all ignored the real point in my humble opinion. which is:-
    The Republican party has moved so far to the right and its not necessary to talk in terms of tea party GOP or mainstream GOP; that's pure punditry talking points.
    The point is so has the whole Republican base policy wise ideology wise and the party over the year Obama became president has convinced itself by listening to its outdate base that its ideology, policies are winners.
    In the process they have lost the centre right Independents and young voters and A lot of latino's. Many red states ignoring Medicaid expansion are encouraging those people who need that to get out an vote..... there are over 5.2m nationally. The GOP also is kidding themselves if they think they can win over the women's vote In 2014 or that of say the LGBT community.
    As one pundit has said the GOP will not win enough seats to win the Senate this fall, and losing some governorship races.

    June 11, 2014 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  2. Thomas

    Eric Cantor , dear in the headlights !

    How much more conservative can the Teaparty go without going Mein Kampf crazy ?

    June 11, 2014 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  3. don in albuquerque

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Loser, and more to follow.

    June 11, 2014 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  4. bassman

    The Tea Party believes 1. Eliminate Excessive Taxes. 2. Eliminate the National Debt. 3. Eliminate Deficit Spending.
    4. Protect Free Markets. 5. Abide by the Constitution of the United States. 7. Reduce the Overall Size of Government. Despite our media's attempt to demonize Americans who believe in the Tea Party's platform, this win shows the media does not get it. You can always find loony's on both sides.

    June 11, 2014 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  5. steve

    don't let the door hit you in the gluteus maximus on the way out!

    June 11, 2014 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  6. Get Real

    Now if we could get rid of some more from BOTH sides this year, we can progress.

    June 11, 2014 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  7. TONE

    I predicted it yesterday, the weasel has lost.

    June 11, 2014 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  8. Chris-E...al

    Complacent at best . His immigration reform ideal got him voted out . Bad ideal for both sides to welcome illegals they are just that ILLEGAL.

    June 11, 2014 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    The Lord answers prayers. Now all that needs to happen is that Henrico County democrats come out and vote and knock this teatard off. Kick rocks Cantor!!!

    June 11, 2014 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  10. sifto

    Democrats should be sweating, not rejoicing about this unbelievable occasion..shows how americans are in charge if they only get off their duffs and vote! TEA PARTY people are not "radicals" as the democrats like to smear them with..they represent grass roots hard working people who pay more than their fair share of taxes..also give more to charity than elitist dems..go TP..on to 2014 and 2016..

    June 11, 2014 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  11. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Does this mean he won't be taking over for Boehner as SOH??😊😊😊

    June 11, 2014 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  12. Dallas

    If this isn't a message to all Democrats and Independents, I don't know what is! Get out the vote in November or we run the risk of our government being truly overtaken by these radical tea bags.

    June 11, 2014 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  13. Hector Slagg

    For those that think the Tea Party is dead and buried I have News Blurb for you. NOT YET !! Eric Cantor was a good man and he may be back some other place. This election is no help to the Morally Bankrupt Liberal's who want to run the country but want the conservatives to pay for it. Just when you think Phil Graham is gone, back comes "Phil Graham".

    More abrupt changes to come!!

    June 11, 2014 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  14. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    To all the GOP predicting victory in November , be very afraid , the dems are all coming out to vote to give you the BEATDOWN you DESERVE . When your party offers NOTHING don't expect ANYBODY to vote for you. The teaparty claims victory BUT it's the disgust of the Republican Party that lost the election for cantor. All a plus for the dems, six years of doing NOTHING came back to haunt the GOP. BE VERY AFRAID GOP !!!!!!

    June 11, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  15. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    Nothing WORSE for the GOP party of NOTHING then a MAD VOTER, see you in November GOP !!!!!

    June 11, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    I see that TeaPers cut off the hand that not only opened the door for them, but also the hand that feed them (congressionally speaking).

    Psst ... Eric Cantor. That GOPerville tent you carried around like fool's gold? It just got smaller.

    June 11, 2014 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  17. Lolo

    Thank you God!!!!!!!!!!! They have created the monster Tea Party Klan, now it is coming back to bite them. People get out and vote in November, because the nuts are trying to take over the asylum. Get out and vote period!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2014 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oops. Hand that *fed* ... I meant the hand that *fed* them (congressionally speaking).

    June 11, 2014 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  19. Marty, FL

    Latino communities should need no further proof the TGOP has no interest in reasonable bipartisan immigration reform when the tea extremes are taking over the GOP.

    No gracias.

    June 11, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  20. Gurgyl

    -morally, ethically bankrupt are in plain English language is Republicans. One wicket after another gets out. Tomorrow is Mitch McConnoll. Watch this.

    June 11, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Thomas wrote:

    Eric Cantor , dear in the headlights !

    How much more conservative can the Tea Party go without going Mein Kampf crazy ?
    To a large degree, they are already there. The Tea Party frequently exhibits a troublingly similar nationalist mindset. They aspire to a state defined set of social rules, or religious beliefs. They want unrestricted freedom of gun ownership, with the only difference being that the Tea Party isn't excluding everyone else but themselves from this right. The Tea Party is still searching for that charismatic leader who has written a widely read, inspirational book.

    June 11, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    The best part about this upset is that there is little chance of Cantor switching parties. Honestly, I would not be too surprised if he tried to mount a presidential campaign in 2016. Although I don't think Cantor has the wherewithal to be a POTUS, I have to remember that he is a Republican, which means reality doesn't get in the way of ego. I would like to see him give it try, just for the entertainment value. A guy running for POTUS who can't win his incumbent primary race.

    June 11, 2014 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  23. sonny chapman

    "I want what I want". Ayn Rand is THE WAY !

    June 11, 2014 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  24. Malory Archer

    This is what happens when you have low voter turnout in an election, primary or general.

    June 11, 2014 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    What? says:
    June 11, 2014 09:57 am at 9:57 am
    Name. willard

    Watch warning fraud vote support for dabr brat
    Im belived that vigrina people like play game vote support for dave brat

    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"?

    June 11, 2014 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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