Tea Party challenger Dave Brat victorious over House majority leader Eric Cantor
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/11/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
In what may be construed as an unpleasant surprise to the Republican Party, Eric Cantor, the majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives was defeated by Tea Party challenger Dave Brat this week.
A triumphant Dave Brat declared his electoral victory as "a miracle from God."
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Some analysts predict this could very well turn out to be the biggest upset of the year in American politics.
Cantor, the second most senior Republican in the House, who many believe would have replaced John Boehner, lost the opportunity to stand for re-election in his Virginia seat in a surprise defeat by the Tea Party candidate David Brat.
Starvation never takes a vacation --
It's thought unlikely that Cantor could run as a write-in candidate for the relatively safe Republican House seat in Virginia's seventh district, which neighbors Richmond.
Cantor's defeat at the hands of Brat, a relatively unknown economics professor, has sent ripples through a party leadership that thought it had survived the 2014 primary election season with relatively limited damage from the Tea Party. "Obviously we came up short," Cantor said in a brief concession speech.
A triumphant Brat declared that "This is a miracle from God."
Boehner praised Cantor as "a good friend and a great leader." Other Republican leaders, however, including party chairman Reince Priebus remained silent.
The clash between mainstream Republican leaders in Washington and more conservative Tea Party rivals has dominated U.S. politics in recent years. The situation led to a government shutdown last year.
A number of mainstream Senate incumbents had recently seen primary challenges from the right.
Tuesday's South Carolina election saw Senator Lindsey Graham comfortably beat six separate Tea Party challengers and avoided a run-off election by gaining more than 50 percent of the vote.
Already seen as among the more conservative members of the House leadership, Cantor had been widely expected to win his primary. Cantor outspent his opponent with a relatively negative campaign pointing out Brat's lack of experience.
Brat, however successfully criticized Cantor's support for immigration reform and financial compromise efforts such as extending the debt ceiling and budget authority - factors that are likely to send a chill through attempts to bridge the already deep divide between Republicans and Democrats in Washington.
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for FEBRUARY 2017
Comfort for the Afflicted. That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.
The House has voted to overturn an Obama rule that stops states from defunding Planned Parenthood. The rule change now means that state tax ... continue reading
Ashton Kutcher, known for his roles in "That 70s Show" and "Punk'd," is more than just an actor. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading
A leaked executive order draft seems to offer religious organizations the right to practice their morality without legal backlash - but one ... continue reading
President Donald Trump's administration will stop fighting in court to implement the Obama administration's transgender bathroom policy, ... continue reading
In a victory for life, the Senate confirmed Tom Price (R-GA), early Friday morning as the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price is ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Protesters gather to declare allegiance to Islam and hate toward ...
- Pope Francis tells how to become a saint HD Video
- NASA announcement: Could it be aliens?
- Mother Mary Lange's legacy lives on in the 'gem' of Baltimore
- St. Severian: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, February 21, 2017
- Daily Readings for Tuesday, February 21, 2017
- They can, but should they? Scientists bringing back woolly mammoth ...
- Protesters gather to declare allegiance to Islam and hate toward President Trump HD
- Massive storm threatens to flood more than just the Oroville Dam HD
- Daily Reading for Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 HD
Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.