House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia’s 7th District, was upset in Virginia’s June 10 primary by unknown Tea Party candidate David Brat.
Roll Call indicates that the district was considered a safe seat for the Republicans, with no Democrat yet emerging as a challenger. Unofficial results have Brat leading Cantor 56% to 44%.
:: Dave Brat for Congress campaign website
Roughly 65,000 voters participated.
Cantor outspent Brat 20 to 1, raising $5.44 million to Brat’s $207,000.
Cantor was seeking his seventh term in Congress, and was believed to be a potential successor to Rep. John Boehner (R-Oh.) as Speaker of the House.
One key issue in the election is believed to be Cantor’s support for immigration reform, including amnesty for illegal aliens. Some observers also have pointed out differences between the candidates on NSA surveillance.
An overriding concern for diverse Tea Party voters, of course, is fiscal responsibility and a desire to restrain national debt that has skyrocketed during the Obama presidency. Brat is a conservative economics professor at
Virginia 7th District stretches from areas northwest of Richmond up to areas west of Fredericksburg and not far from the broader Washington, D.C., region.