Brat overwhelms Cantor in Richmond suburbs
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor overwhelmingly lost Richmond’s populous northern suburbs to Republican primary challenger David Brat. Cantor won farther north in Culpeper and Orange counties, but the slimmer victory margins and smaller population there was not enough to overcome the deficit near Richmond. Brat won by more than 10 percentage points, 55.5 percent to 44.5 percent. Read related article
The Republican strongholds of Hanover, New Kent and Goochland – where Barack Obama got less than 40 percent of the vote in 2012 – provided some of the biggest vote margins for Brat, contradicting the theory that Democrats voted in the Republican primary to thwart Cantor. Some of Cantor’s biggest margins came in the portions of Henrico County and City of Richmond where Obama did best. So it was conservatives who hurt Cantor rather than Democrats.
SOURCE: Virginia Public Access Project, preliminary election results. GRAPHIC: Dan Keating and Darla Cameron - The Washington Post. Published June 11, 2014.