House Majority Leader Cantor defeated in primary

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  • FT salt lake city, UT
    June 11, 2014 9:39 a.m.

    The GOP continues to be a house divided. The Tea Party can pick up seats in very conservative districts and regions but they'll never have enough critical mass to win national elections. Cantor can always get a job filling in for Bennett and writing editorials for the DNews.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    June 11, 2014 9:31 a.m.

    The difference between this guy and other Tea Party candidates is, he's articulate, he's smart, and he stayed on message. Ibn other words, he was a good candidate, not a freakshow. He connected with voters.

    Lesson? The Republican establishment better start listening to conservatives. Hopefully this will signal the replacement of Boehner (or however you spell it) as Speaker of the House.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    June 11, 2014 8:23 a.m.

    The dawn of the three party system. The extreme twenty percent right will get their own minority tea party. The tea party will not compromise and will always paint their representatives in a corner.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    June 11, 2014 8:15 a.m.

    I have mixed feelings. I'm sorry to see Cantor go because he was one of the more reasonable voices in the GOP. But the upset does boost the Democrats chances of picking up that seat.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    June 11, 2014 7:23 a.m.

    I don't think the Dems will pick up Cantors seat because of this--to Republican of a district. But if you don't think that the Tea Party breaking through is good for the Dems I think you must be thinking that the GOP is just chock full of people who may basically disagree, but are sure willing to put aside differences and work together--(white, black old, young, latino, gay, straight, married and single, rich and poor), if the health of the nation is what is at stake. Now I ask you--does that honestly sound like your party at this point in history? The GOP began a massive split in 2008 over the election of Mr. Obama. We saw conservatives devouring their own and (sadly) hatred ruling the day. The feast is not yet over and the beast has not been sated. But this particular meal might see them downing the BromoSeltzer. I know too many good conservatives who are saying, "This is not my party."

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    June 11, 2014 7:11 a.m.

    This is just and example of how the country is swinging back to more conservative governing. Always happens in American politics. I know some of you Democrats still think the trio of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid was middle of the road, but trust me, it wasn't, isn't, and after the dismal results of the last 6/8 years it is not being seen that way by the majority of Americans. The political pendulum is coming back now.

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    June 11, 2014 7:01 a.m.

    Re Truth: You forgot at least one. America is way past sick of the GOP party of do nothings.

  • Lilalips Attleboro, MA
    June 11, 2014 6:28 a.m.

    Thank heaven for the Tea Party, not really a party at all but a loosely organized group of people who still believe in the founding principles of the formerly great country known as the United States of America! The mainstream media does not ask the hard questions nor show the full effects of this president or his agenda. The tragedy of the thousands of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children being dumped in Arizona by Federal officials who simply can't handle the numbers is a tragedy in the making by a president who only selectively enforces our laws and then illegally makes his own. The Cantor loss is only the early wave of the coming tsunami that will come in November.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    June 11, 2014 6:23 a.m.

    The primary results came less than 12 hours ago, and some familiar posters assure us they have the whole thing figured out. Very impressive!

  • play by the rules SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    June 10, 2014 11:13 p.m.

    Your dreams of Dem victories are just that. The Dems do not even have a candidate to run against Brat.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2014 10:44 p.m.

    Personally I am glad that many of the pro war in the middle east candidates are being removed from office.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    June 10, 2014 8:45 p.m.

    And then the Latino vote that went 70% for the Democrats will go 90% for the Democrats in 2016 insuring the election of whatever Democrat (wins the nomination). Yes, the tea-party won an important battle but it's likely this will not bode well for the larger election war in 2016...

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2014 8:15 p.m.

    Cantor the GOP RINO was defeated a by a tea party nobody......

    America is sick of Obama....
    America is sick of Reid
    America is sick of Boenher
    America is sick of Cantor and his amnesty, dream act and support of Obama......

    The tea party won tonite and the democrats had better get ready for a tsunami of resentment in November that will propell the conservative movement to the far rigid and knock Obama back to his tv show , Uerkle !

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    June 10, 2014 8:10 p.m.

    This CAN'T be right. The lamestream media told me just this morning that if Cantor won by 20 points it would be a "resounding defeat" (their words)for the Tea Party - if he won by ONLY 10 points then the Tea Party would still be relevant.

    Success for ANY Tea Party candidate was........well - UNTHINKABLE! (at least for the lamestream media)

  • Brer Rabbit Spanish Fork, UT
    June 10, 2014 8:06 p.m.

    A democrat winning in the Virginia 7th CD is about as impossible as a democrat winning the senate seat of Bob Bennett after the Republicans booted him out at the convention. Or like a democrat winning the 3rd UT CD after Chaffetz beat Rep Cannon in a primary. Both Bennett and Cannon as conservative republicans with lots more money than their opponents were unable to buy the election. It looks like the House seat in the Virginia 7th CD is not for sale.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    June 10, 2014 7:36 p.m.

    Citizens United took one on the chin?

    One can only hope.

    Mr. Brat (love that name) was outspent 20 to 1.

    The T-Party was conspicuously absent from his campaign.

    Utah voters can make a similar courageous statement in November.

    Vote against the big money Republican donors.

    Elect a person who will be accountable to Utah Citizens...

    Not outside Republican PAC's.

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    June 10, 2014 7:33 p.m.

    This is good news on a variety of levels.

    1. The amnesty advocates (Cantor included)are being told a resounding "no" we don't like immigration "reform" (read: amnesty)

    2. It proves that legislative races can be won on a shoestring budget. Cantor had spent millions (paid for by his "business" (amnesty) buddies. Dave Brat only spent 200k; fortunately, though HIS friends turned out to be actual voters.

    3. It proves that, (much to the disappoint of the liberals)the TEA (taxed enough already) Party has a huge amount of clout with voters!

    Its' nice to see Cantor gone. He's one of the big problems in D.C. He never could decide if he was a democrat or a republican! It just always depended on who was PAYING him.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 10, 2014 7:17 p.m.

    Contrary to the views of previous posters, Cantor was too eager to compromise, and he (along with a lot of other members of Congress deserve blame for the horrible situation we find ourselves in, with $17,5 trillion in debt, and unsecured borders, and a President who is, in a word, "lawless."

    Citizens have had enough of being lied to by politicians who say one thing to get elected and then do something else when they get back to Congress. Fortunately, we have the chance to replace elected officials, and the defeat of Cantor shows that the process works.

    The only sad part is that we failed to replace Senator Hatch two years ago.

  • wjalden Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 10, 2014 7:16 p.m.

    Oh, hey, yeah a giant amnesty for 15-20 million illegal aliens is no big deal and all kinds of Republicans support it, while only a minority of fruit loops oppose it - or that's what the Deseret News and all the rest of the mainstream media keep telling us, anyway.

  • FreedomFighter41 Provo, UT
    June 10, 2014 7:05 p.m.

    Awesome! Democrats will easily win in Virginia!

    Thanks Eric! Your nonstop obstructionism came back to bite ya in the rear!

    Now we gotta take out Cruz, Ryan, Chaffetz, and Lee...

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    June 10, 2014 6:45 p.m.

    Cantor engineered a few rightwing defeats of House Speaker John Boehner, setting up the governmental shutdown, as Boehner threw up his hands in frustration at Tea Partiers unwilling to compromise.

    Now Boehner has to deal with the guy who ran to the *right* of Cantor!

    This is the kind of shot in the arm Democrats needed. Thank you Tea Party!

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    June 10, 2014 6:42 p.m.

    Cool. Another Democrat win.