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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s defeat in a Virginia primary Tuesday by an obscure professor with tea party backing has left the GOP in chaos and the House without its heir apparent. Check here for updates as Washington reacts to the unprecedented upset.

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Did Democrats doom Cantor?

Rep. Eric Cantor’s unexpected Republican primary loss Tuesday kicked off rapid speculation on how the House majority leader lost to a poorly-funded opponent in a Virginia district whose primary Cantor won with 79 percent support in 2012. One possibility is that district Democrats crossed over and voted for Cantor’s opponent, David Brat.

Read the full Fix post exploring that question here. 

Scott Clement
June 11, 8:55 am
  • Scott Clement June 11, 8:55 am

The biggest upsets in political history

Shocking results are pretty uncommon in politics. Generally, you know going into an election cycle who is vulnerable, and on election night, you pretty much know who is going to win — or at least who has a shot.

But as Tuesday night showed, from time to time, you really just didn’t see that one coming.

Click here to read about some other examples of shocking upsets.

Aaron Blake
June 11, 8:58 am
  • Aaron Blake June 11, 8:58 am

How much did national tea party groups help David Brat? Zip. Zilch. Zero.

David Brat’s surprise victory Tuesday over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was quickly embraced by the tea party movement – especially national tea party groups that have been looking to score a big win in their battle against GOP incumbents this cycle.

But how much did national tea party groups help Brat?

Zero.

Read the full Fix post here.

Matea Gold
June 11, 9:04 am
  • Matea Gold June 11, 9:04 am

Twitter shock: a roundup of reaction

When people saw that Eric Cantor was behind David Brat in the returns, jaws dropped, and dropped, and dropped until they hit the floor and left everyone so speechless they had no worries of needing to express their shock in more than 140 characters. As was very evident from how Twitter responded.

Read the tweets here.

Jaime Fuller
June 11, 9:30 am
  • Jaime Fuller June 11, 9:30 am

Brat: My win is about more than immigration

Economist Dave Brat told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd Wednesday morning that his victory over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) was due to more than just immigration.

“Immigration is part of that,” Brat said, adding, “I ran on the fiscal issues.”

Brat was asked whether he supported a federally mandated minimum wage and appeared to dodge the question.

“I’m just making the case I just made, which is you cannot artificially make up wage rates,” he responded.

Brat also appeared caught off guard by Todd’s policy questions. “I thought we were just going to chat today about the celebratory aspect.”

Welcome to the big leagues.

Sean Sullivan
June 11, 9:32 am
  • Sean Sullivan June 11, 9:32 am

Cantor avoids the scrum

The Post’s Jackie Kucinich reports from Capitol Hill:

By 9 am a scrum of reporters had already formed by one of the entrances to Eric Cantor’s office, hoping to catch the first glimpse, and maybe a sound byte from the defeated leader as he walked into the Capitol.

He chose to go in a different door.

Sean Sullivan
June 11, 9:38 am
  • Sean Sullivan June 11, 9:38 am

How Brat beat Cantor -- in 1 map

Dave Brat won most of the counties in the southern part of the suburban Richmond 7th district, while Cantor carried most of the northern counties. Here’s a handy map from The Post’s graphics team:

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Sean Sullivan
June 11, 9:44 am
  • Sean Sullivan June 11, 9:44 am

Roskam to run for whip

Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill. speaks at the 2014 Fiscal Summit organized by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in Washington, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Lawmakers and policy experts discussed America's long term debt and economic future. (AP Photo)

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) (AP Photo)

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), per several sources close to him, announced to his inner circle this morning that he will run for majority whip. He is expected to support current Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for majority leader if and when Eric Cantor steps down.

When confronted outside his office this morning, Roskam said he is not commenting on his bid today, out of respect to Cantor, but he was seen heading to a meeting with his allies to discuss his path ahead.

Robert Costa
June 11, 9:50 am
  • Robert Costa June 11, 9:50 am

Cantor: He'll "talk later" today about his plans

The Post’s Robert Costa is tweeting from the Hill, where he spoke to Cantor:

 

Masuma Ahuja
June 11, 9:59 am
  • Masuma Ahuja June 11, 9:59 am

VIDEO: Immigration activists storm Cantor rally

 

A few minutes after Cantor concluded his concession speech last night at the Westin Hotel in Richmond, immigration activists stormed the ballroom chanting “What do we want? Immigration reform! When do we want it? Now!”  Cantor supporters tried to keep the group at bay but a shoving match ensued with one Cantor supporter throwing a glass of wine into the melee.  In an effort to break up the scrum, a hotel employee took to the microphone to warn the protesters in Spanish that the police had been called and were on their way.  The police did arrive soon thereafter and the protesters left.

Read more about the protests what Cantor’s loss means for immigration reform here.

Sarah Dunton
June 11, 10:03 am
  • Sarah Dunton June 11, 10:03 am
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