In a historic turn of events on Tuesday night, Republican House Majority Leader Eric I. Cantor lost his bid for reelection to Randolph Macon College economics professor Dave Brat.
Brat won the 7th Congressional District Primary despite being seriously outspent in his bid to topple the nation’s second highest ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives. According to reports, Cantor raised $5 million for the campaign versus Brat’s $150,000.
Brat, who is backed by Tea Party supporters, won Louisa County as well, commanding strong leads in 10 of the county’s 14 precincts. Cantor was the favorite at the Zion, Mechanicsville, Louisa 1 and Mineral precincts.
In the end though, Brat claimed 1,313 votes, or 55.56 percent of the ballots in Louisa County, opposed to Cantor’s 1,050, or 44.44 percent of the vote.
The results in Louisa County mirrored the 7th District’s combined results, which yielded 36,100 votes cast for Brat, 55.55 percent of the district-wide vote, as opposed to 28,898 votes for Cantor, at 44.45 percent of the total.
Cantor lost some of his support in Louisa County in August of 2011 when he refused to support federal relief unless it was offset by cuts in spending following the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Mineral and damaged homes, schools, businesses and churches.
Pat Mullins, Republican Party of Virginia chairman, congratulated both of Virginia’s Republican primary winners after the votes had been counted Tuesday night and thanked Cantor for his 14 years of service. Rob Wittman won the primary in the 1st Congressional District.
“I look forward to working with both of them this year as we work to grow the Republican majority in the House of Representatives,” said Mullins in a press release. “With the conclusion of these two races, our ticket for 2014 is complete.”
To read the entire story, see the June 12 edition of The Central Virginian.