More Virginia Articles

  • Wrong lessons from Eric Cantor defeat

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary defeat this week is being widely touted as a warning to Republicans contemplating immigration reform. The popular narrative has it that because Cantor's opponent, Dave Brat, is a hard-line immigration opponent who accused Cantor of being "pro-amnesty,"...

  • The surprising thing that Thad Cochran didn't know happened this week

    In light of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning defeat in a Republican primary this week, national Republicans have looked with renewed concern toward Mississippi, where another incumbent, Sen. Thad Cochran, is facing an existential threat from an insurgent challenger in a primary...

  • Dave Brat effect? How the Virginia primary could affect other races

    Other congressional candidates challenging strong incumbents hope that they can tap into the wave of optimism that surged through Tea Partiers this week in the wake of Brat's win over Eric Cantor.

  • GOP agenda on hold until the party analyzes Eric Cantor's loss

    It's only natural that a who's-up-and-who's-down leadership struggle would consume House Republicans after the stunning primary defeat of Majority Leader Eric Cantor. There's a big hole in the party's top echelon, and it's got to be filled.

  • Eric Cantor was defeated for breaking one old rule and two newer ones

    It’s not often that something almost universally unexpected happens in American politics. Frequent public opinion polls and a variety of political media usually give political junkies a good idea of what to expect next.

  • Poll show support for immigration reform in Eric Cantor's district not trustworthy

    In the wake of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's upset Republican primary defeat Tuesday by little-known Dave Brat, pro-immigration activists have scrambled to spin the defeat, since Cantor's past support for some type of reform was an issue that hurt him in the race.

  • Who is running against Dave Brat?

    Dave Brat may have won a historic primary election Tuesday night, but his victory in November isn't guaranteed. I mean, it's pretty guaranteed -- he's running in an R +10 district -- but it might still be helpful to know who he's up against.

  • Did Democrats lift Dave Brat to victory?

    Virginia's 7th Congressional District has always been friendly to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Until last night. Speculation abounds that rogue Democrats turned out for Tea Party upstart Dave Brat, and helped lift his campaign to victory in the Republican primary. One Virginia Democrat...

  • Dave Brat's win over Eric Cantor reminds us of what the Tea Party is --- and isn't

    Washington went into shock this week when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., lost his primary to an unknown college professor named Dave Brat.

  • Why Dave Brat's win wasn't a victory for the Tea Party

    Don't call Dave Brat's win a victory for the Tea Party. The economics professor's shocking primary victory over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is undoubtedly a huge coup for Tea Party activists in Virginia. But it’s also a lot more than that, and framing his win in “Tea Party vs....

  • Eric Cantor will step down as majority leader July 31

    An emotional Eric Cantor announced to GOP lawmakers Wednesday that he would relinquish his post as House Majority Leader on July 31.

  • It's despicable to blame Eric Cantor's loss on his Judaism

    Of all the explanations being offered for the surprising defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., the most despicable is the suggestion that he lost because he was Jewish.

  • Why the White House says Eric Cantor lost

    The White House on Wednesday suggested that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's shocking defeat in his GOP primary Tuesday happened because Republicans got so little done on Capitol Hill. “I do think that this outcome does provide some evidence to indicate that the strategy of opposing...

  • Tea Party groups that offered Dave Brat zero support sure are thrilled he defeated Eric Cantor

    A Tea Party candidate soundly defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., on Tuesday, sending shockwaves through the Republican establishment and the Democratic Party. And Dave Brat, the 52-year-old chairman of the Randolph-Macon College Department of Economics and Business in Ashland,...

  • Pro-immigration left furiously spins Cantor's defeat

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning primary defeat Tuesday was not just a loss for the Republican Party leadership, it was also a blow to pro-immigration activists. Cantor, R-Va., was widely viewed as a potential broker for a comprehensive reform deal. His loss greatly dims the...



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