Eric Cantor Loses Primary to Tea Party Challenger In Huge Upset

In an enormous political upset, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his Republican primary in Virginia’s seventh congressional district Tuesday night to Dave Brat, an economics and ethics professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, and political unknown.

According to the Associated Press, with 86.1 percent of precincts reporting Brat won with 55.8 percent of the vote to Cantor’s 44.2 percent. Cantor became the first person in American history to lose his party’s primary while holding the position of House majority leader, according to Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper.

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