Eric Cantor is the 2nd most important Republican in the US House of Representatives. He represents the mostly white, mostly Republican, affluent part of Richmond Virginia – the 7th Congressional district.
He lost his primary race to an economics professor from a small liberal arts college who had only about $80,000 to spend on his campaign.
Cantor lost by about 6,000 votes in light turnout. While the TEA party is claiming this trophy, Virginia has an open primary and there was no Democratic Party contest. It’s very likely Democrats unseated Cantor.
As Wikipedia is quick to point out, Cantor is the only Jewish Republican in Congress and a prolific fundraiser.
A few years ago, when US Senator (and Democratic VP candidate) Joe Lieberman from Connecticut was defeated in his primary race by a more radical left wing Democrat, the Republican Party in Connecticut abandoned their own candidate and supported Joe Lieberman’s successful “independent Democrat” candidacy. The establishment is about power, not political party.
Even though the 7th Va. district normally votes 60% Republican, it’s a pretty safe bet Democrats will take this seat – unless of course there is an NSA
File on David Brat or there is a friend from high school who creates a story that he once said something hurtful to a minority group – in which case maybe Eric Cantor could still reclaim his seat.