Tea party candidate ousts Eric Cantor

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- After his stunning loss in the 7th district Primary, Majority Leader Eric Cantor will give up his leadership post July 31st.

Tea Party Republican David Brat will run for his seat in the November General Election.

Brat told his supporters that his campaign was about getting back to basics, American values and the basic premise that "the power belongs to the people and that's what we're going to do."

The 49-year-old tea party backed candidate who raised just $200,000 dollars was able to oust Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who raised $5.4 million.

Brat said, "The reason we won this campaign, there's just one reason, and that's because dollars do not vote. You do!" Brat painted Cantor as not conservative enough, repeatedly criticizing him for being soft on immigration.

Cantor said today that he would like to see some compromise on immigration, especially "with the kids," referring to immigrant children who were brought to this country through no fault of their own.

"I think there is some common ground," said Cantor.

Political Analyst Bob Holsworth says Brat successfully portrayed Cantor as out of touch with the people. He said Brat was claiming that Cantor "had become this career politician in many ways, beholden to special interests and big money and had lost touch with the people of the district."

Democrats were so sure Cantor would win, they apparently told one potential candidate not to bother running, letting Jack Trammell take the nomination.

"I'm incredibly excited," said Trammell who knows Brat. Coincidentally, the two men are professors at the small liberal arts school Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.

Trammell is an author, teaches sociology and has four step children and three of his own children. All are between the ages of 18 and 25. Six of his children are in college. He says he is acutely aware of the financial difficulties facing families. Trammell says he is not worried that District 7 votes about 60 to 70 percent Republican. He says he is only thinking about reaching how to connect with the people and understand their concerns as people, not parties.

Democrats spent the night revamping Trammell's webpage, now that he has got a real race ahead.


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