David Brat

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 3, 2014, file photo, Chris McDaniel addresses his supporters at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s loss to a tea-party backed challenger exposes anew the deep rift inside the Republican Party, caught in tug of tug-of-war between those willing to negotiate in the corridors of power and purists who demand absolute opposition to President Barack Obama. The next test could be six-term Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, who faces state lawmaker McDaniel in a primary runoff that’s well positioned to further the party’s lurch toward the right. (AP Photo/George Clark, File)

Tea party candidates try to build on Cantor loss

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — Conservative insurgents rallied Wednesday to capitalize on the downfall of their party’s House majority leader, whose loss to a tea party-backed challenger put the differences dividing Republicans back at the forefront […]


House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., delivers a concession speech in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Cantor lost in the GOP primary to tea party candidate Dave Brat. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

House Majority Leader Cantor defeated in primary

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In an upset for the ages, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, the second-most powerful man in the House, was dethroned Tuesday by a little-known, tea party-backed Republican primary challenger carried […]



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