Cantor loses to tea party challenger

6/10/2014

By Cathleen Decker

By Cathleen Decker

Los Angeles Times

(MCT) — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the second-ranking Republican in the chamber, was repudiated by voters Tuesday, losing a GOP primary in Virginia to tea party challenger Dave Brat, whom Cantor vastly outspent as the depth of his difficulties became evident.

The Associated Press projected the breathtaking turnover within an hour of the close of the polls, as Brat eased into a wide margin in early polling.

Cantor had been spoken of as a potential future speaker of the House after the departure of current chief Republican John Boehner. During his minimalist primary campaign, Brat used Cantor's leadership position as a cudgel, accusing him of distance from his Richmond-area district and striking at the direction of Congress under Cantor.

One of the first signs of the looming defeat occurred at Cantor's planned victory party: As guests watched on a projector at what they thought would be good results, the screen was turned off.

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