June 11, 2012
Fox News -- June 11, 2014
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his GOP Virginia primary race to Tea Party-backed challenger Dave Brat Tuesday night in a stunning upset.
Brat, an economics professor and political novice, latched onto the hot-button issue of immigration, accusing Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the GOP-led House, of supporting immigration legislation that would give "amnesty" to millions of people living illegally in the United States.
"If you go knocking door to door, you'll know the American people think they're in trouble," Brat told Fox News. "It was a miracle. God gave us this win."
Brat, a Princeton graduate and seminar student who teaches at Randolph-Macon College, a small liberal arts school north of Richmond, attempted to downplay the Tea Party vs. Washington establishment narrative about the race.
He said he enjoyed Tea Party support but was a candidate focused on Republican principles including free markets and "adherence to the Constitution." [...]
In the closing weeks of the race, Brat tried to tie the seven-term congressman's support for legal status for children who have illegally entered the country to the situation of hundreds of children from Central America pouring illegally across the southern U.S. border, creating a humanitarian crisis.... .