House Majority Leader Cantor defeated in primary

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Updated: 6/10 5:25 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has been defeated by a tea party-backed challenger in the Republican primary.
 
Economics professor Dave Brat won a stunning upset victory against Cantor on Tuesday in the 7th District Republican primary contest, which is in the Richmond area.
 
Cantor is the second-most powerful member of the U.S. House and was seen by some as a possible successor to the House speaker.
 
His loss to a political novice with little money marks a huge victory for the tea party movement, which supported Cantor just a few years ago.

Brat had been a thorn in Cantor's side on the campaign, casting the congressman as a Washington insider who isn't conservative enough. Last month, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor in front of his family at a local party convention.

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