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Blockbuster Upset in Virginia Primary – Eric Cantor is Out!

Eric Cantor (R-VA) is the #2 House Republican, only John Boehner (R-OH) holds more sway in the House than Cantor… and now he’s out.

Cantor has long been hailed a smart, tough and wily politician, someone with big aspirations and the guts to see those aspirations to fruition. However, with the rise of the Tea Party, Cantor had tended to side with establishment Republicans against the conservative wing of the Party. Apparently, his constituents did not appreciate that.

The people he represented in Virginia overwhelmingly rejected him in Tuesday’s primary and instead selected the Tea Party candidate David Brat, who is an economics Professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. Cantor outspent his opponent nearly 14 – 1, yet Professor Brat was able to win the contest handily, with more than 55% of the vote going to him.



A bigger Tea Party win has never happened – the only upsets coming close were Senator Mike Lee’s (R-UT) ousting of Bob Bennet in a similar primary upset in 2010, and Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) primary win over the establishment candidate also in 2010.

To give you an inkling of how big of an upset this is…


Real Clear Politics election prognosticating guru Sean Trende probably put it best.


Sadly, while we cheer this victory in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, a far worse candidate in South Carolina was once again able to hold on to his Senate seat. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) won by a large enough margin over the rest of his opponents in a crowded GOP field, so that he will not need to face a run-off election before November. Graham is likely a shoe-in to win reelection, as he remains very popular in South Carolina… but for us conservatives scattered around the country, we just can’t understand why South Carolina keeps electing him.

How can such a wonderful state give us politicians as awesome as Jim DeMint and Senator Tim Scott… but then also saddle us with horrible excuses for Republicans like Lindsey Graham?

It’s befuddling.

Anyway, I won’t bring you down with this now. Today is a day to celebrate. A Tea Party candidate just demolished the 2nd most powerful establishment Republican in Congress. Perhaps they’ll start listening to us now?

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He's also the managing editor at, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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