David defeats Goliath in Virginia GOP primary

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Boehner & Eric Cantor

A political earthquake just happened in Virginia’s 7th Congressional district.

Last Tuesday, June 3, 2014, pro-amnesty RINO Congressman and House majority leader Eric Cantor was defeated in the Republican Primary election by an unknown, David Brat, despite having outspent Brat by a whopping 4,333% of $5.2m to Brat’s $120,000.

David BratDr. David Brat is an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, who had had seminary training.

His academic specialties are macro growth economics, international trade & finance,
economic methodology, history & ethics (moral foundations of capitalism)!

To top it off, as reported by Dan Roberts for The Guardian, June 11, 2014, despite being a Tea Party candidate, Brat had received relatively little help from national Tea Party groups. His win shows the continued strength of grassroots feeling against Washington establishment candidates, a mood that may yet dominate the rest of Obama’s second term in the White House.

With more than three-quarters of precincts reporting by shortly after 8pm, which showed Brat ahead by 55% to 45%, the Associated Press predicted that Brat would comfortably take the seat, almost certainly forcing Cantor out of his position as a top Washington powerbroker for the party.

Internal polling by Cantor’s team ahead of the election had shown him ahead by some 34 percentage points.

It is possible, though unlikely, that Cantor could run as a write-in candidate for the relatively safe Republican House seat in Virginia’s 7th district, which neighbors Richmond.

But his defeat by Brat, a relatively unknown economics professor, will send shockwaves through a party leadership that thought it had survived the 2014 primary election season with relatively limited damage from the Tea Party.

In Tuesday’s primary election in South Carolina, for example, Senator Lindsey Graham comfortably beat six separate Tea Party challengers and avoided a run-off election by gaining more than 50% of the vote.

Cantor, who was already seen as among the more conservative members of the House leadership, had been widely expected to win his primary comfortably. He heavily outspent his opponent with a relatively negative campaign pointing out Brat’s lack of experience.

But Brat successfully criticized Cantor’s support for immigration reform and financial compromise efforts such as extending the debt ceiling and budget authority.

Brat’s win may all but guarantee that Democrat priorities such as immigration reform will not pass the Republican-controlled House in future as its leaders seek to deter future Tea Party challenges.

In November’s election for the House seat, Brat will face Democratic nominee Jack Trammell, also a professor at Randolph-Macon College.

Please help ensure David Brat will defeat Democrat Jack Trammel in this November’s mid-term election.

To donate to Dr. Brat’s campaign, click here!

Here’s Dr. Brat’s speech at the 7th District Republican Convention:

H/t FOTM’s josephbc69


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0 responses to “David defeats Goliath in Virginia GOP primary

  1. There was a time awhile back I liked Cantor, but he started folding and basically going to the dark side. He didn’t listen to the people and for that we will not forgive.
    He was warned and the others better pay attention.
    No one in DC seems to grasp the idea we cannot take care of up to 100,000 more children every year. They have no plans for them, how will they take care of them, and do they plan of releasing them to the streets and predators?
    I know they are suppose to overwhelm the system, but this is child abuse and will be neglect.

  2. Reblogged this on Dead Citizen's Rights Society.

  3. If corrections in our political parties don’t take place, we will need two new parties: those pursuing UN/NWO/IMF/WHO/BIS and Agenda 21 goals, or a party seeking to maintain the freedoms for which Americans of all parties have fought until recently-freedom from foreign (now global) tyrannical rule with the objective of destroying all the great things man has developed-and even humanity itself. The first-mentioned is for those with no concern for the dignity and lives of themselves, their children, grandchildren, and continued progeny. Living short, wretched lives in a North Korea or Downton Abbey is acceptable to them. This is unfortunately evidenced, among other ways, with our acceptance of unnecessary airport groping and fondling of our grandmothers, mothers, wives, daughters, and granddaughters. The alternative, my choice, is a party determined to restore our nation respecting the right of man to develop use of the gifts God gave for continued advancement in a world of honesty and fair reward for contributions to our nation through our labor and invention.

    • Well that puts R, D and Green in the CFR party and maybe an honorable mention for the Constitution and Libertarian parties in the other.

      I have come to George Washington’s way of thinking. Political parties ultimately serve themselves and divide the people.

  4. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this most interesting post. I am so happy for Dr. Brat!

  5. This is rocking the GOP.

  6. Took a look at Brat’s last campaign filing (his campaign donations more than doubled in the final month).

    At that time he had accepted ZERO PAC money. Every donor was an individual. He was not helped by the fake, Koch bro. Tea Party (TM) or the Tea Party Patriots, as organizations.

    The “news” keeps trying to make this only about amnesty, but I have not yet heard a speech by Brat where this was even mentioned. Gov’t spending, monetary policy (he’s an economics professor after all), gov’t overreach, appeals to obeying the law, i,e, our constitution were there.

    I guess that’s “tea party” these days.

    • “The “news” keeps trying to make this only about amnesty, but I have not yet heard a speech by Brat where this was even mentioned.”

      If you lie, at least try to be credible.

      The following is from Dr. Brat’s campaign website under “Issues”:

      When addressing the issue of immigration, we must start by securing our border. An open border is both a national security threat and an economic threat that our country cannot ignore. I reject any proposal that grants amnesty and undermines the fundamental rule of law. Adding millions of workers to the labor market will force wages to fall and jobs to be lost. I support proposals that will secure our border, enforce our current laws, and restore an orderly and fair process to allow law abiding individuals to work towards becoming citizens of this great nation.

      • The “news” is that Cantor is a flip-flopper and a liar. Guess the folks in VA started waking up to that.


      • It’s not a lie. I watched a good 3 hours of Fox last night and while they went on and on and on insisting this win was only about Cantor’s support of amnesty for illegals, they never once produced any footage of Brat talking about illegal immigrants. They were wholly unprepared to back up their claims, which weren’t true. Brat’s position on multiple issues resonate with people. It isn’t a single-issue candidacy. I don’t know why Fox chose to “lie” about it.

      • Thank you Dr Eowyn for pointing this out, & reminding us that part of the reponsibility of evaluating a candidate’s “message” is on US…that you have to not only follow TV/live appearances or “speeches”(—after all, Obama was elected PARTLY b/c he was a great speaker, supposedly) but you have to use all other sources available to you–esp. the ones that post the candidates’ opinions in print…that’s a REAL committment, not easily wiped away (unless of course, you are Obama….& pass executive orders to conceal your print records….)

        As an aside—seeing that Brat and his Dem opponent for the next phase of this race are both from Randolph Macon….does anyone see this as maybe a turning point in the youth vote? I keep musing that for every college-aged kid that voted in the primaries for Brat and his opponent, there are possibly two or more relatives at home in VA……

        • “does anyone see this as maybe a turning point in the youth vote?”

          The manager of David Brat’s campaign for Congress is 23-year-old Zachary Werrell — and it was the Leadership Institute that had helped train Zachary to win this election. Zachary had taken three Leadership Institute schools:

          Campaign Management School
          Political Voter Mail Workshop
          Communications Workshop

          The Leadership Institute is also responsible for the excellent Campus Reform website that reports on all the leftwing shenanigans in U.S. colleges & universities.

          If you & other readers have a couple of dollars to spare, Leadership Institute is a very worthwhile conservative cause:

  7. And the SRM bashing of Brat begins (well, actually it started last night on twitter).

  8. Good riddance to bad rubbish.


  9. Excellent post, Dr. Eowyn and congratulations to Dr. Brat, but Dave Brat will represent the 7th Congressional District of Virginia, not the 8th District. The 7th District is a predominantly red district. Actually, only a small percentage of voters turned out to vote in the 8th Congressional District. The Republican candidate is Micah Edmond and he will be running against Democrat Don Beyer.

    • evh, what do you make of the voting map for Brat vs. Cantor? Looked like Brat took the urban centers and Cantor the countryside – almost like the typical R vs. D spread. Do you think there was a lot of crossover voting or was that just the most efficient (people density) campaigning?

      Very exciting to see him win with so little money and none of it from PACs.

    • Thank you, evh! The mistake is now corrected. 🙂

  10. Number 41, it is very interesting. If I remember correctly, the 7th district is northwest from Richmond and includes Page and Rappahannock counties. The 8th district includes Fairfax county. The outcome of this election is definitely going to influence the 8th district.. I have read that there were a lot of cross over voters. Debbie Wasserman Shultz said that the Democratic candidate, Jack Trammell could easily cruise to victory. I may be wrong, but I don’t believe there were all that many cross over voters. (1) Brat was not backed by the big Tea Party pacs to get their attention (2) the democratic candidate Jack Trammell may be qualified but he has not been groomed for the job. (3) the people were annoyed because they felt that Cantor was really campaigning to become Speaker of the House. ………….. The democrats have been shielding Trammell from the public until they can get him better prepared. In my opinion this was really a grass roots victory. The people wanted a representative, not a Speaker of the House.

    • The other theory offered to minimize the win was “low voter turnout”. This also doesn’t seem to match the additional crossover voter participation claim.

      However, at this point I believe the message of liberty is beginning to reach a lot of dissatisfied, former “yellow dog – fill-in-the-blank” voters.

      • I read about low voter turnout in the 8th Congressional District, but haven’t read much about it in the 7th. There is usually a lower voter turnout in the primaries than in the general elections.

  11. The gatekeepers of the right have wasted no time in discrediting this victory.


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