Eric Cantor To Resign As Majority Leader

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(CNN) —  Rep. Eric Cantor is expected to relinquish his leadership position as the No. 2 House Republican on July 31 after suffering a stunning loss in his primary race in Virginia, a senior Republican source tells CNN’s Dana Bash.

In what was described as a political “earthquake,” the No. 2 Republican in the House, Eric Cantor, lost his primary on Tuesday to a college professor and political neophyte.

With 97% of precincts reporting from the Richmond-area district, Cantor trailed Dave Brat 56% to 44%, according to the Virginia Secretary of State’s website. Turnout was low.

“This came out of nowhere,” said Mark Preston, CNN’s executive political editor, who said a defeat for Cantor would have national implications since he has been viewed as a potential speaker.

No. 2 House Republican could lose his primary
David Brat is a conservative tea party challenger

“This will be an earthquake” for Republicans, said CNN Political Analyst David Gergen. “I think this will send shockwaves through the Republican ranks.”

CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash said the outcome will reenergize the right and disrupt attempts to bridge gaps between arch conservatives and establishment Republicans in Congress.

It could also cloud any prospects the White House and moderates might have for any legislative gains, Bash said.

“This will throw it all up in the air,” Bash noted.

CNN Crossfire host Newt Gingrich credited that a large part of Cantor’s constituency in Virginia’s reliably conservative 7th Congressional District concluded that he wasn’t listening and rose up to toss him out.

Cantor, he said, had a “great record” and was a hard worker in Congress.

Brat is an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College outside Richmond.

Most Republicans view Cantor, 51, as the most conservative member in the House leadership lineup.

He was President Barack Obama’s chief foil in budget negotiations in 2011, a role he proudly points out during this campaign season.

In a phone interview with CNN on Monday, Brat argued that Cantor is more attentive to donors in New York and California and big business groups than he is to enacting an agenda based on Republican ideals.

“While he’s got an eye on the speaker job, he’s turned his back on his constituents,” Brat said.

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23 comments

  • X

    Oh god another wacko in congress. Brat is saying that Cantor is more attentive to big business but I wonder where Brat is getting his campaign money from? These Tea Party candidates are going to make things worse it’s already hard enough to try and get these congressmen to compromise.

    • Sarah 1

      Cantor had accumulated five million plus in campaign contributions.
      Brat had 270 thousand. Amazing how the voters chose the non-money guy? He will be easier to beat in the fall,

  • Shawhn Cannity

    Does anyone really believe that Latinos, African Americans, or women are going to vote for these nut jobs tea baggers?

    It appears that Virginians are just as stupid as red state Arkansans. Now, excuse me while I go to the “john” and take a Bozeman.

  • Sarah 1

    Well the crystal ball assures me the Democrat will win in November. The people just had to sucker punch Cantor. A moment of revenge for the poor people.

  • Elaphas

    You “experts” on here predicting democrats will win in November are either delusional or in denial or both. Disparaging Americans with terms like “tea bagger” just proves that you clowns have no legitimate argument. The democrat party is a party of the lowest common denominator and the geniuses on here are proof of that. The people who voted out Cantor are a reflection of a majority of the country – God-fearing patriots who make this country what it is – the envy of the world. They work hard, pay their taxes, raise their families to love this country, and don’t want to see it destroyed by a bunch of liberal extremists who hate everything this country was founded on and stands for today. The enemy freedom-loving Americans need to fear today is the enemy within – liberal kooks, led by the criminal, pathological lying, scandal-plagued thug, Obama. If you think yesterday was a fluke, just wait.

    • Sarah 1

      I have never called anyone a teabagger.
      A quick review of Brat’s public statements reveals a fellow who is about as tea party as can be. He appears to endorse slashing Social Security payouts to seniors by two-thirds. He wants to dissolve the IRS. And he has called for drastic cuts to education funding, explaining, “My hero Socrates trained in Plato on a rock. How much did that cost? So the greatest minds in history became the greatest minds in history without spending a lot of money.”
      He will never be elected. Democrats crossed over.

    • Bob Gnarly

      @Elaphas:

      If you don’t like name calling then quit doing it. Simple solution. Oh and ya might try sprinkling in a few facts here and there just so people don’t thing you are a non-thinking ditto-head. Not callin’ ya one, just sayin’……..

  • Tom

    For those interested in the truth on politics and government, you won’t find it reported by 5News. You will find it on DrudgeReport.com or Breitbart.com, among others.

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