All of the media were caught flatfooted last night, when House GOP Leaver, Eric Cantor, lost his primary to David Brat, who has been alternately called a "tea party" candidate, to a Libertarian.
What we do know is that Cantor, a widely disliked polititican, seems to have also been pretty hated by the GOP. He had spent nearly $6 million to fend off the upstart challenge from an economics prof. And polling gave Cantor anywhere from a 10 point lead to well into the 30 point range. I guess having yes-man polling may be a bad idea.
Brat defeated Cantor by nearly 12 points.
Virginia has some unique laws as pertains to elections, and Cantor can not mount a write in run for November. So, he's gone. And today he stepped down as Leader in the House. So much for his hopes of taking Boehner's slot as Speaker.