No one saw this coming.
I repeat no one.
No matter what "experts", "insiders" or "pundits" claim, even the die hard supporters of David Brat are surprised tonight. This is an upset of monumental proportions. Unequaled by anything in Virginia political history, perhaps the history of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Randolph-Macon College Professor David Brat. A man virtually unknown by many just a few weeks ago rode a wave of dissatisfaction with Washington, Tea Party angst, Democratic support in an open primary and capped it all off by running hard to the right on immigration to topple the second most powerful republican in America.
Virginia primary voters sent packing a man who was poised to become the next Speaker of the House. The first Speaker of the House from Virginia since John Winston Jones in 1845.
Now the race turns to David Brat who will run in a heavily republican district and will no doubt get strong support from Washington to keep the seat red. He faces a challenge from a Democrat who just entered the race. Jack Trammell like Brat is a Randolph Macon professor.
This was an enormous night. We will digest it some and have more tomorrow and in the weeks ahead.
Here is my wrap from Cantor's election night party:
RICHMOND (WWBT)- It is not understating things to describe Tuesday result as historic.
Eric Cantor is one of the most powerful politicians in America and spent more than $1 million in this primary.
In a matter of a few months he will go back to being an ordinary citizen.
It was something no on one saw coming. Including the person it was happening to.
"Obviously we came up short," said Rep. Eric Cantor in front of a crowd of disappointed supporters at the Westin Richmond.
Cantor- a seven term congressman, perhaps on the verge of becoming the next speaker of the house falls in a Republican primary to a man he outspent 5 to 1. It was an outcome of historic proportions. Leaving Cantor to reflect on a career he thought was just beginning.
"Serving as the 7th district congressman and then as Majority Leader has been one of the highest honors of my life," he said.
It left his long time supporters who thought they were attending a victory party in stunned sadness.. searching for answers.
"It is a little surprising," said William J. Davis. "But I wonder how many democrats crossed over and caused this?"
Cantor- who did appear to have a concession speech plan, alluded to the future of his republican party. A party still apparently very much fractured as the Tea Party and other forces continue to fight over it's control into the future.
"We need to focus our efforts as conservatives as republicans on putting forth our republican solutions. so they can help solve the problems of so many working class families," he said.
A cause he will no longer directly be a part of. The end of a political career in an abrupt and unexpected way.
Cantor's loss contributes to an already fractured and dysfunctional Republican party, still reeling from losing all three statewide races last year and with the party's last governor facing a corruption trial.
Cantor was the one truly powerful member of the party left and soon he will be gone.
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