No, this isn’t one of those “Dewey Defeats Truman” kind of headlines above…Eric Cantor, the #2 Republican in the House of Representatives, really has lost to a Tea Party upstart in tonight’s Virginia primary:
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has been defeated by a tea party-backed challenger in the Republican primary.
Economics professor Dave Brat won a stunning upset victory against Cantor on Tuesday in the 7th District Republican primary contest, which is in the Richmond area.
Cantor is the second-most powerful member of the U.S. House and was seen by some as a possible successor to the House speaker.
His loss to a political novice with little money marks a huge victory for the tea party movement, which supported Cantor just a few years ago.
Brat had been a thorn in Cantor’s side on the campaign, casting the congressman as a Washington insider who isn’t conservative enough. Last month, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor in front of his family at a local party convention.(Real Clear Politics)
Besides Cantor losing his seat tonight, you know who the other big loser of note is? Speaker John Boehner, who has to be looking at the defeat of one of the House GOP’s consiglieres’ and wonder, (a)who else is next? and (b)will he survive a challenge to the Speakership next year, should there be one?