House majority leader loses primary to Tea Party challenger in huge upset

By: ABC News
By: ABC News
Brat, is an economics and ethics professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., and ran from Cantor’s right with very little media coverage or money.

Eric Cantor, R-Va. (U.S. House of Representatives)

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Ashland, Va. (ABC) -- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., has lost his GOP primary to conservative challenger Dave Brat in Virginia's 7th Congressional District, according to the Associated Press.

Brat, an economics and ethics professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., ran from Cantor’s right with very little media coverage or money.

He does have some big name conservative backing with both Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham endorsing him.

In an interview with ABC News last month, Brat said Cantor has lost touch with his constituents, “veering from the Republican creed.”

“Years ago he had a good conservative track record, but now he’s veered off. He’s not following what folks in his district want him to do and it’s hurting the country,” he said.


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