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Tea Party-backed David Brat topples GOP heavyweight Eric Cantor

WASHINGTON — In one of the most stunning primary election upsets in congressional history, the House majority leader, Representative Eric Cantor, was soundly defeated on Tuesday in Virginia by a Tea Party-backed economics professor who had hammered him for being insufficiently conservative.

Cantor’s defeat jolted the Republican Party — he had widely been considered the top candidate to succeed Speaker John A. Boehner one day — and it has the potential both to change the debate in Washington on immigration and to reshape the midterm elections, which had been favoring his party.

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