This is big. Eric Cantor swept into congress by the tea party, proved to be a hack for the establishment republican leadership. Positioned to be the next house speaker as the republican majority leader, Eric Cantor has been defeated! As Free North Carolina says:
“Good riddance to bad rubbish! :)”.
RICHMOND, Va. — It wasn’t enough that Eric Cantor spent $1 million in the weeks leading up to the election, when his primary opponent hardly had $100,000 in his campaign coffers.
It didn’t matter that the House majority leader, 51, branded Dave Brat a liberal hack, and himself as the guardian of the Republican creed. On Tuesday night, Cantor, who was swept into the majority leader’s suite in a tea party wave, was swept out by the same movement.
(Full results from Virginia)Cantor conceded the race around 8:25 p.m. — shortly after the Associated Press pronounced Cantor’s 13-year political career at least temporarily over. With nearly 98 percent of precincts reporting, Brat had 55 percent of the vote, while Cantor had 44 percent. People close to Cantor said internal polls showed him hovering near 60 percent in the runup to the race.
It’s one of the most stunning losses in modern House politics, and completely upends the GOP hierarchy in both Virginia and Washington. Cantor enjoyed a meteoric rise that took him from chief deputy whip, to minority whip to majority leader in the span of 13 years.
If we are blessed, this trend of defeat for the republican establishment will continue and lead to a resurgence of real conservatives in congress. All we can do is continue to pray for such. CR Lynn