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Eric Cantor forgot the basic lesson of politics: Know thy voter

WASHINGTON — A few blocks from the office of House majority leader Eric Cantor sits the National Archives, with its motto for all to see: “What is Past is Prologue.” Cantor must have seen it countless times. He may have even thought about it as he watched fellow Republicans fall victim to Tea Party insurgents.

But on Tuesday, the day of his historic defeat in a Republican Party primary, he was seen in a Capitol Hill branch of Starbucks, not home in suburban Richmond. His plan was to arrive back in the district in time for a victory party — one that never came, as he was felled by little-known David Brat.

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