Cantor internal poll claims 34-point lead over primary opponent Brat


House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A poll conducted late last month for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) shows him with a wide lead over challenger David Brat heading toward next Tuesday's Republican primary election.

The poll, shared with Post Politics, shows Cantor with a 62 percent to 28 percent lead over Brat, an economics professor running to Cantor's right. Eleven percent say they are undecided.

The internal survey of 400 likely Republican primary voters was conducted May 27 and 28 by John McLaughlin of McLaughlin & Associates. It carries a margin of error of +/-4.9 percentage points.

The survey comes the same day a Daily Caller poll conducted by Vox Populi Polling (R) on Monday showed Cantor leading 52-41 percent, with 9 percent undecided.

Brat, who has the support of some tea party activists frustrated with Cantor, has been a thorn in the second-ranking House Republican's side. Cantor is not taking him lightly and has hit him on TV.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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