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Published: Thursday, June 12 2014 9:36 p.m. MDT

Updated: Thursday, June 12 2014 9:36 p.m. MDT

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Mountanman
Hayden, ID

It says most people are sick of the corrupt Washington DC establishment rampant in both parties! More incumbents will be voted out!

FreedomFighter41
Provo, UT

I thought the election was in November?

So what happens if Mr Tea Party falls flat on his face against his democrat opponent in November? Then can we call the few party dead?

Wonder
Provo, UT

It says that the primary voters in this district in Virginia don't like politicians who might waiver at all from 100% ideological tea party purity. Doesn't say anything about the American people in general.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

What is more likely to happen in November is the Democrats will lose the majority in the Senate for the same reasons this election in Virginia (hardly a red state) went the way it did!

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

No leadership outside of than Democratic party. If elected he will vote fifty times unsuccessfully to repeal Affordable Care Act and cause expensive shutdowns.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

One Vote. Given the unpopularity of Obamacare, most Americans want Obamacare to be repealed! Which will probably help the GOP in Nov and beyond! Let Hillary and the Demos run on Obamacare!

FT
salt lake city, UT

Cantor's defeat shows the GOP is torn and divided. And a divided house shall fall. The GOP has shown over the last 20 years it is unable to lead and has been irresponsible when given the chance.

ECR
Burke, VA

Mountanman said: "It says most people are sick of the corrupt Washington DC establishment rampant in both parties! More incumbents will be voted out!"

I totally agree with what your first point but I'm afraid your second comment will nbot come true. For some reason Americans complain wildly about Congress as a group but seem to like their Congressman, the one representing them.

"Given the unpopularity of Obamacare, most Americans want Obamacare to be repealed!"

Well, not quite. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll taken in March revealed that while only 10 percent want to keep it as is it is, a plurality, or 49 percent, want to keep it in place but work to improve it. Just 29 percent said it should be repealed and replaced with a GOP alternative or nothing at all.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

"One Vote. Given the unpopularity of Obamacare, most Americans want Obamacare to be repealed! Which will probably help the GOP in Nov and beyond! Let Hillary and the Demos run on Obamacare!"

Iraq is about to fall.

Let the GOP run on Iraq!

Oh, and bailouts for big banks and tax cuts for the rich! I'm sure Americans will be flocking to the repub party then!

airnaut
Everett, 00

The Tea-Partiers beat Eric Cantor, and put in David Brat -- in the REPUBLICAN primary.

The REAL vote happens in November,
IMHO -- David Brat will loose the General Election to whoever the Democrats put up against him.

It should be the death toll, and wooden stake through the heart of the Tea-Party...

LiberalEastCoastMember
Parkesburg, PA

Cantor's defeat sends a signal to politicians of all stripes. If they seek reelection they should 1) never underestimate their opponent and 2) show up for the campaign and work hard.

Pretty simple.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

I have yet to see a single poll that shows that the majority of Americans want Obamacare to be repealed.

Is there a credible poll that repubs could refer me to that backs this wild claim up? Is this another exaggerated fantasy claim from the ill-informed who wish to spew propaganda against our President?

LOU Montana
Pueblo, CO

Mountain Man you are completely wrong about Obamacare. There are a lot of people who now have insurance. Under the old system I would never have been able to get private insurance because of once having cancer. I now have private insurance and it costs me less the $500 a month and that includes my wife. YOU have no idea how uneducated you are!

As for Cantor, he is a reflection of smug, arrogant and self centered politicians. He lost all concern for his people and was only focused on his personal gains. His defeat sends a message to ALL politicians to NEVER FORGET WHO PUT YOU IN OFFICE!

This is the only victory the tea party has had.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

‘Join the discussion: What does Cantor's defeat say about the future of American politics?’

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The same thing Mitt Romney's defeat said about American politics...

Pollsters will tell their audience precisely wha they WANT to hear,
all truth, facts and reality aside...

Tuffy Parker
Salem, UT

In the long term, it's possible that the Tea Party will gain some real influence in American Politics. However, for the foreseeable future it really only creates a Ross Perot effect dividing the Republican Party and reducing its ability to influence on a national level.

It pains me to say it, but I think we are in for a long run of Democratic power and Socialist legislation. As the populace becomes more liberal the fracturing of conservatives all but assures it.

Eliot
Genola, UT

The lesson from Cantor's loss is nothing new. Lose touch with your constituents and you should expect to lose the election. Orrin Hatch learned the lesson well when Bob Bennett lost his reelection bid in 2010. He reached out to voters almost immediately, said all of the right things and won reelection.

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

@Mountanman
"What is more likely to happen in November is the Democrats will lose the majority in the Senate for the same reasons this election in Virginia (hardly a red state) went the way it did!"

A very conservative district (in an overall purple state) voted for a very conservative candidate in a party primary. That actually doesn't tell us much at all about the general election.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

The "tea party" had nothing to do with Brat's victory. They didn't support him. He won because his message was exactly what the Republican Platform states. Few Republicans in Congress believe in that Platform. Those politicians believe that they have to compromise OUR values so that Obama will not veto bills or that Harry Reid will not keep the bill from being voted on.

The message is clear. America is tired of the left-wing rhetoric. America is tired of spending money for programs that are not Constitutionally mandated. America is tired of hearing excuses from elected officials who will not stand for the people and for the States.

Let the Democrats run on their record. Let them tell us that Obamacare is good for us. Let them tell us that they will tax the producers so that non-producers can sit back and do nothing. Let them tell us that everything is fine at the IRS, at the V.A., at the borders. Let them sell us on what they have DONE.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

For once I completely agree with Mountainman. This was not a vote for someone, but a vote against an incumbent. This worked well in Utah where there was little chance Lee would have had a real challenge from the other side. Virginia is a whole other story - much more balanced voter base - so the Republicans have their work cut out for them.

I saw an interview with David Brat that won today - seems to be a decent guy - and he was equally surprised he won. He is far from the prototypical Tea Partier, in fact he took time to ensure people he was not a Tea Party candidate.

The people of Virginia will have an interesting decision to make come November.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Did anyone hear the interview Chuck Todd did with Mr. Brat?

Brat was unable to answer most of the questions Todd asked.

He'd better do a lot of homework before the general election or he's going to look like a complete fool.

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