House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Loses to Primary Challenger

Eric Cantor loses primary
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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) lost his primary challenge to a Tea Party challenger on Tuesday, in a political upset that caught TV commentators off guard and stands to shake up the ranks of congressional leadership.

He lost to Dave Brat, a college professor who ran to his right and raised just a fraction of the money for Tuesday’s primary. Brat had been backed by a number of talk radio hosts, yet raised just $200,000 to more than $5 million raised by Cantor.

“Truly stunned,” NBC’s Chuck Todd said via Tweet, reflecting the sentiment of many political correspondents and news hosts in D.C.

In an industry that leans to the left, Cantor was one of the few leaders to have forged some ties to entertainment. He appeared at the MPAA’s Creativity Conference in 2013, and spoke before the conservative industry group Friends of Abe. In 2009, he accepted an award from the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors, where he tried to find common ground with the creative industry by pointing to his support for free trade and, if necessary, production incentives.

“In a curious way, we are the opposite sides of the same coin, and if my seat in Congress brings with it a sacred duty, it is surely no less than the burden that you carry,” he told the gathering.”Your work truly inspires the world.”

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  1. Constable Plod says:

    The Democratic party couldn’t have scripted this any better.
    Neutralize the GOP, by encouraging the Tea Party to dominate the primary system, then wipe out the TP in the “real” elections.
    As long as the Tea party, the 11% of “outraged Americans,” keep up this momentum, I predict massive Democratic landslides in every election between now and 2020.

  2. Smooth says:

    Just why is this in Variety? Take this political crap to CNN, or Fox, Variety is about Show Business Mr. Johnson, you’re writing for the wrong paper. No more of this political nonsense, or I’m taking my business to the Hollywood Reporter. I don’t give a damn about this wing nut, I only wanted to leave this comment.

    • Sam says:

      It’s political but related to the entertainment industry. You missed the point where the author stated that Republican Cantor forged ties to the entertainment industry which we know leans Democratic. It may have cost Cantor the primary. Former Virginia Republican Governor McDowell also encouraged film production in Virginia by expanding tax incentives and the Governor Motion Picture Fund which greatly benefitted Spielberg’s Lincoln movie – filmed entirely in Virginia. Many states face similar issues when it comes to tax credits for film production-including California so why not film overseas.

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