Eric Cantor’s stunning loss: By the numbers

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) gives his concession speech after a shocking upset to tea party favorite David Brat. (NBC 12 Richmond)

 

In a stunning upset, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) lost to tea party challenger David Brat in a Republican primary Tuesday. There are a number of lenses through which we can examine the surprising outcome. Here are a few numerical ones:

1: Cantor is the first House majority leader to lose in a primary. Ever. That's according to the University of Minnesota's "Smart Politics," which writes that after "55 consecutive successful renomination bids by sitting U.S. House majority leaders since the creation of the office 115 years ago," Cantor just made history.

11: According to the Associated Press's unofficial tally, Brat defeated Cantor 55.5 percent to 44.5 percent. That's about 7,200 votes out of about 65,000 cast in the GOP primary.

65,008: Speaking of turnout, according an unofficial tally from the Virginia Board of Elections, 65,008 voters turned out. Two years ago it was 47,037.

34: An internal Cantor poll conducted on May 27 and 28 showed him leading by 34 percentage points (62-28) over Brat.

$4.9 million: Cantor spent about $4.9 million on operating expenditures this election cycle, according to campaign finance records. He still had more than $3.7 million on on hand late last month.

$123,000: Brat spent just under $123,000 on operating expenditures. So yeah, to say he was outspent doesn't even begin to the tell the story.

0: Big national tea party groups did not spend any money on behalf of Brat.


House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and his wife, Diana, leave the stage after his concession speech in Richmond Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Cantor lost in the GOP primary to tea party candidate Dave Brat. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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