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Once snubbed, Brat turns the tables

WASHINGTON — Three years ago, David Brat, a conservative economics professor, decided to have a go at politics, making a run for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. But the backroom deal-makers of his Republican Party snubbed him for someone chosen by allies of Representative Eric Cantor, the US House majority leader.

“All of us got bullied to get out in favor of the one guy who had a connection to most of the Republican office holders in Virginia,” said Steven Thomas, who also sought the nomination.

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