When Brat sunk Cantor: 10 takeaways from upset of 2014 in tweets


UPSETTING POWER: The little-known Dave Brat handily defeated U.S. House Majority Leader Tuesday in the 7th District primary race.

By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau

ALEXANDRIA, Va.— Nobody saw it coming.

At least, virtually nobody saw it coming.

But Randolph-Macon College economics professor Dave Brat’s victory over Eric Cantor, U.S. House majority leader and the second most powerful Republican in the country, is like a 9.0 quake on the Richter scale, as University of Virginia political analyst Geoff Skelley put it.

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Kathryn Watson is an investigative reporter for Watchdog.org, and can be reached at kwatson@watchdog.org, or on Twitter @kathrynw5.