This post has been updated.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his Republican primary today in a completely befuddling upset that no one saw coming. When people saw that Cantor was behind David Brat, an unknown and underfunded economics professor, 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.
There was the realization.
I've seen enough, it's over. Sitting Majority Leader of the House, Rep. Eric Cantor (R), has lost his primary to Prof. Dave Brat (R) #VA07— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) June 10, 2014
Brat spent about $150K in this race, Cantor more than $5 mill. This is just stunning.— Krystal Ball (@krystalball) June 11, 2014
This Cantor loss is SEISMICALLY large. Can't remember when I have been so surprised.— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) June 11, 2014
Yes, you read that right. No sitting House Majority Leader has lost since 1899.— Emily Cahn (@CahnEmily) June 11, 2014
There were the "holy crap" tweets.
Holy crap: Eric Cantor succumbs to tea party challenge http://t.co/BYer9aQpll— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) June 11, 2014
I can't believe this, but Cantor might seriously lose. Holy crap! #va07— Chris Palko (@CTPalko) June 10, 2014
Holy crap. RT @Redistrict: Right now, I just don't see where Cantor (R) can make up his 58%-42% deficit.— Alex Parker (@AlexParkerDC) June 10, 2014
Holy Crap Eric Cantor.— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) June 10, 2014
Holy crap, Eric Cantor?— Matt Mardis-LeCroy (@MardisLeCroy) June 10, 2014
Holy crap! The house majority leader just lost his primary! #Cantor— BBauer (@BBauerIN) June 11, 2014
Holy crap, Eric Cantor lost?— Nelson Pickard (@NelsonPickard) June 11, 2014
Holy Crap. Eric Cantor loses to tea party challenger Dave Brat. http://t.co/DKXanulnjy— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) June 11, 2014
Um......holy crap Eric Cantor...— RM Cooper (@RFCapsMoustache) June 11, 2014
Holy crap, Eric Cantor just lost his primary!!! #TeaPartyLives— Ben Larrabee (@Ben_Larrabee) June 11, 2014
Holy crap, Cantor goes down. Hello bad polling.— Mara MacDonald (@maramacdonald) June 11, 2014
Two words about Cantor: holy crap!— Kerrie Wudyka (@KerrieWudyka) June 11, 2014
Look north, #RVA. That mushroom cloud is named "Holy Crap Cantor Lost."— Josh Conrad (@josh_conrad) June 11, 2014
Holy crap. Eric Cantor.— Jenn Holton (@hennjolton) June 11, 2014
There was glee — from the left and the right.
Rule of thumb: if you’re butt hurt over Cantor, you might be in the establishment.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) June 11, 2014
That vomiting sound you hear is wise R's who just realized what the '16 nominee will have to say & do to get thru primary. #Cantor— Jim Messina (@Messina2012) June 11, 2014
It looks like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his re-election in the GOP primary in Virginia today!— Jared Polis (@jaredpolis) June 11, 2014
There were jokes.
What if Cantor comes in to work tomorrow and says “screw it, we’re doing immigration reform, YOLO”? #VA07— daveweigel (@daveweigel) June 10, 2014
Rains of Castamere now playing at Eric Cantor campaign HQ.— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) June 10, 2014
And then finally, there was much analysis.
Cantor's friends are FURIOUS, said he was told by consultants that he was up 20-30 points, didn't need to worry...— Robert Costa (@costareports) June 11, 2014
My mother just asked me if Cantor might be a good candidate for deputy director of the Va. tobacco commission. She notes the job is open.— Rosalind Helderman (@PostRoz) June 11, 2014
Cantor can still run as a write-in candidate, broader electorate in Nov., but wow, he has decisions to make— Jonathan Weisman (@jonathanweisman) June 11, 2014
Trying to explain significance of Cantor loss to non-political friend. Best I can do: "It's like a 16 seed upsetting a 1 seed."— Joshua Green (@JoshuaGreen) June 11, 2014
The Establishment can mock the Tea Party all they want for not winning every challenge, but even if Tea Party goes 1-99, you might be the 1.— Rep. Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) June 11, 2014
Here's an idea. Since nobody predicted the Cantor loss, maybe we should be a bit modest about predicting its consequences.— John Cassidy (@TNYJohnCassidy) June 11, 2014