In stunning upset, Eric Cantor loses GOP primary

McClatchy Washington BureauJune 10, 2014 

Cantor Virginia Primary

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., listens at right as House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE — AP

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Tuesday lost his Republican primary Tuesday in a stunning upset, defeated by more conservative challenger Dave Brat.

Cantor, R-Va., is the highest-ranking member of Congress in years to lose re-nomination. He had been seen as the frontrunner to become Speaker of the House if current Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, steps down.

Cantor was once viewed as the leader of the House of Representatives’ more conservative faction, but had softened over the past few years.

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