**UPDATE** 8:12 PM ~ CNN has now declared the upset win for David Brat over Eric Cantor!
8:13 east.pm ~ In a stunning upset, Tea Party backed David Brat has defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the VA GOP primary. Cantor was expected to be the leading candidate for Speaker of the House upon John Boehner’s retirement.
Tea Party backed David Brat, an economics professor, is ahead 56% to 44% with over 75% of the vote in. Stay tuned!!
A little history of Brat from Wapo:
…Brat, an economics professor, simply failed to show up to D.C. meetings with powerful conservative agitators last month, citing upcoming finals. He only had $40,000 in the bank at the end of March, according to first quarter filings. Cantor had $2 million.
Despite those shortcomings, Brat has exposed discontent with Cantor in the solidly Republican, suburban Richmond 7th Congressional District by attacking the lawmaker on his votes to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown, as well as his support for some immigration reforms. At a May meeting of Republican activists in the district, Cantor was booed, and an ally he campaigned for was ousted as the local party chairman in favor of a tea party favorite.