Tea Party Defeats Majority Leader, Sends Shockwaves Through Washington

Red Millennial

pic_giant_010614_SM_Eric-Cantors-Challenger-From-the-Right Tea Party-backed Dave Brat (pictured) defeated the GOP House Majority Leader in a landslide upset.

Tea Party-backed Dave Brat has upset House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia’s Republican primary today with an impressive double-digit victory.

Name recognition may have been a bad thing for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor as he has been derided as a pro-amnesty establishment Congressman who has made war with the Tea Party. Cantor lost despite having the Washington establishment money machine behind him, outspending Brat by a wide margin.

Brat’s win follows victories by Tea Party-backed candidates in Nebraska (Ben Sasse), Iowa (Joni Ernst), and Chris McDaniel (Mississippi), who faces a run-off on June 24.

More from The Associated Press:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated Tuesday by a little-known economics professor in Virginia’s Republican primary, a stunning upset and major victory for the tea party.

Cantor is the second-most powerful…

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