WASHINGTON — In a shocking primary result, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost to a primary opponent in his district close to Richmond, Virginia. Cantor is the no.2 Republican in the Republican-majority House of Representatives.
Reuters reported that Cantor will relinquish his leadership post effective July 31. Paul Ryan, who was the GOP vice president candidate with Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election cycle, said he will not seek Cantor’s old leadership position.
Cantor lost to David Brat, who is a college economics professor at the small Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. Brat ran an effective grassroots campaign with a Tea Party flavor, pushing for small government and railing against Cantor’s propensity to negotiate and compromise with Democrats on key issues.
Brat won with about 55% of the vote, with Cantor finishing at around 45%.