RICHMOND, VA (WWBT)- Tuesday voters go to the polls in the republican party primary for the 7th congressional district. Congressman Eric Cantor is facing a challenge from Randolph Macon Professor Dave Brat.
Few think Cantor will lose, but the 7 term Congressman isn't taking any chances.
He may be in line to become the next Speaker of the House, and has spent more than $1 million to make sure there are no surprises on primary night.
Cantor rubs elbows with some of the most powerful people in the world, but he has never forgot that his power is rests in the people who send him to Washington from Central Virginia.
"That's really what this campaign is about," The House Majority Leader said, just a few days before voters go to the polls.
Cantor has been a leading voice opposing the Obama administration on health care reform. He's offered plans to help small business and got legislation passed for additional funding for childhood cancer research.
But in this primary his opponent Brat calls Cantor's proposal to allow a form of legal status for the children of illegal immigrants amnesty. Cantor disagrees, he said he's never supported blanket amnesty and said he never will.
"I have always been for the kids," said Cantor. "I've always said they didn't break any laws. I've never changed my position on that."
Cantor has returned fire by unloading hundreds of thousands of dollars in questioning Brat's role on a board that advised Tim Kaine's administration. Brat has called him a liar- something Cantor flatly rejects.
"My opponent had the chance to speak out to step off that board if he disagreed with what Governor Kaine did in raising billions of dollars in taxes and he chose not to," he said.
By Tuesday night the ads will be history and if victorious Cantor will head back to Congress.. likely the leader of a healthy Republican majority. He promises his work is not done.
Late Friday night two polls were released on this race and they both show Cantor in the lead. The conservative news site The Daily Caller comissioned an automated poll through Vox Populi polling that shows Cantor leading 40%-28% with people who are firm in their decision for Tuesday night. If you include people who are leaning in one direction or another Cantor's lead is 52%-40% with 9% undecided.
Cantor's team released an internal poll which was conducted by McLaughlin Group with live calls that shows Cantor leading Brat by a much healthier margin of 62%-28% with 11% undecided.
You can see the campaign's polling memo here.
Regardless- with an open primary and very low turnout expected Tuesday night will still be difficult to predict. No matter what, anything but a Cantor victory would still be a huge surprise.