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6/11/2014 9:45 AM
As a Tea Party guy, I am shocked by this.  In general, Cantor has been a reasonable Tea Party type of Rep.  

Is there someone from Virginia that could explain why he lost?

Are the Dixiecrats taking over the Tea Party in the southeast, like they did with the Republican Party?

The whole thing is puzzling.  He certainly wasn't a liberal like Boner is.

6/11/2014 10:01 AM
I talked to a friend and he said it was more than anything an anti-establishment vote.
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6/11/2014 12:42 PM
Turnout was 12%, that's insanely low. There's no Senate race in VA this year, and their VA-Gov race was last year, so unless you really cared about an Eric Cantor vs a Some Guy, you weren't going to take the time to vote. The types of people that normally voted for Cantor were complacent seeing him vs a token opponent, and didn't show up to the polls.

And yes it's an anti-establishment vote. Apparently there was also noise about Cantor being Pro-Amnesty. People that voted were activated against that, and he lost.
6/11/2014 12:59 PM
Open primary, dems mucking up the works?

Teabaggers = America's demise
6/11/2014 12:59 PM
Also, it's an open primary in VA and the Dem candidate was encouraging democrats to go vote for Brat.
6/11/2014 1:00 PM
Posted by DougOut on 6/11/2014 12:32:00 PM (view original):
Brat is a smart cookie and a likable guy.  Professor of economics.  A true conservative.  I would have voted for him.
He's going to be destroyed in the general. Good job giving what was a previously unwinnable seat to the dems.
6/11/2014 1:05 PM
it's a redrawn repub. district. easy win for the bagger
6/11/2014 1:25 PM
Posted by bronxcheer on 6/11/2014 1:05:00 PM (view original):
it's a redrawn repub. district. easy win for the bagger
You'd think so, but we've seen this show before in Delaware.
6/11/2014 1:35 PM
There's still analysis going on in regards to Democrats voting for Brat caused the Cantor loss. It appears though that even if 0 Dems voted for Brat, Brat still would have won. The majority of votes were in heavy Conservative districts, while the Democratic areas were very very low turnout.

That being said I think we should have closed primary systems everywhere. I could be swayed to allow unaffiliated/independent voters to pick what party they want to vote for on primary election day. And yes, some people could just switch to Dem/Repub before the party switch deadline, but the amount of people that will do that is much lower than the people that will vote without having to do that.
6/11/2014 5:00 PM
Posted by bad_luck on 6/11/2014 1:00:00 PM (view original):
Posted by DougOut on 6/11/2014 12:32:00 PM (view original):
Brat is a smart cookie and a likable guy.  Professor of economics.  A true conservative.  I would have voted for him.
He's going to be destroyed in the general. Good job giving what was a previously unwinnable seat to the dems.
Why?  
6/11/2014 5:02 PM
Posted by bronxcheer on 6/11/2014 1:05:00 PM (view original):
it's a redrawn repub. district. easy win for the bagger
What is a bagger?
6/11/2014 5:03 PM
Posted by bad_luck on 6/11/2014 1:25:00 PM (view original):
Posted by bronxcheer on 6/11/2014 1:05:00 PM (view original):
it's a redrawn repub. district. easy win for the bagger
You'd think so, but we've seen this show before in Delaware.
Explain.
6/11/2014 5:12 PM
Posted by DougOut on 6/11/2014 5:02:00 PM (view original):
Posted by bronxcheer on 6/11/2014 1:05:00 PM (view original):
it's a redrawn repub. district. easy win for the bagger
What is a bagger?
It is an homophobic insult tossed out by the bigoted, racist injuin' Cresty.
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