Culpeper residents respond to Cantor's loss

CULPEPER, Va. (WUSA9) -- The fallout from the political storm in Virginia's 7th District can already be seen on Capitol Hill.

On Wednesday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced he will resign from that post after losing his Republican primary to a political unknown. But he refused to speculate about why he lost.

"You know I'm going to leave the political analysis to y'all. I know that my team worked incredibly, incredibly hard… And in the end the voters chose a different candidate," said Cantor.

That candidate is Tea Party challenger David Brat, who beat Cantor by more than ten points.

"This is the happiest moment - obviously - of my life," said Brat.

While most politicians and pundits inside the beltway, say they saw this coming.

Tony Troilo voted for Brat. He says, "I actually had to switch and I went with Brat yesterday. What led you to that decision? It was a change in our government."

A voter for Cantor, Paul Lester says, "Think he had it coming, I guess. He didn't think it was coming though, I know that."

Some analysts believe Cantor's perceived stance as being open to immigration reform, is what cost him his job.

"That was a little bit of my case, but everyone has immigrated to this country over the years," says Troilo.

But others argue Cantor simply took this primary for granted and neglected his constituents.

Lester says, "Too much confidence going in, yeah. No doubt about it."


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