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Free ride? Democrats failing to field challenger to Eric Cantor

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In a “never mind” move, Richmond, Va., Democrats have been forced to cancel their planned May 3 convention to pick a challenger to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor because nobody stepped forward to take him on.

The Henrico County Democratic Committee made the surprise move after presumed challenger Mike Dickinson did not file by last Thursday, as he was expected to. They can still put somebody up by June 10, but a convention fight is off.

The party put the following note on their website: “The 7th Congressional District Democratic Committee issued a Call to Convention to select the Democratic nominee for Congress. The filing deadline for candidates was Thursday, April 10th at 5:00 p.m, and no candidates filed to be considered for the nomination. Therefore, the Convention previously scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd has been cancelled.”

An anti-Cantor Facebook group that had expected Dickinson to run is now looking for an independent candidate.

Cantor isn’t getting a total free ride, however. He faces a Republican challenge from economist and Randolph-Macon College professor Dave Brat. Brat claims that Cantor isn’t conservative enough.

The GOP primary date is June 10.

In 2010 and 2012, Cantor won his general elections with more than 58 percent of the vote.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.