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House Majority Leader Cantor defeated in primary

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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WASHINGTON Still in shock at the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, his colleagues are offering post mortems and hoping it's not contagious.

Cantor lost his Virginia primary bid for an eighth term to a newcomer, tea party-backed professor David Brat.

New York Republican Peter King says he worries that supporters of tea party favorites like Sen. Ted Cruz will use Cantor's defeat "as an excuse" to shut down government.
Brat calls his win a "miracle from God."

House Speaker John Boehner praised Cantor as "a good friend and a great leader" in a statement that steered clear of the issue that Brat put at the center of his campaign -- immigration. It's an issue that has divided the party for years


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