House GOP leader loses to Tea Party-backed rival

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

In a stunning upset, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost the GOP Virginia primary Tuesday night to Dave Brat, an economics professor and political novice.  The Associated Press called the race for Cantor about an hour after polls closed at 7 p.m. ET.  Cantor is the second-most powerful member of the U.S. House and was widely seen as the  next in line to succeed House Speaker John Boehner.  Cantor's 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.

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