1. “Cantor ’Earthquake’ Rattles Capitol Hill.” Eric Cantor defeated in shocking primary upset.
“It’s the earthquake that rocked the GOP. In a year when mainstream Republicans have mostly bested tea party-backed challengers, a little-known and little-funded tea party challenger in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District pulled the upset of the year, defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by 10 percentage points. The victory by economics professor Dave Brat gives the tea party an instant jolt of energy, sends shock waves through Capitol Hill, shakes up the GOP House hierarchyp—as Cantor was seen by many as the next speaker—and effectively kills any chance of immigration reform passing through the House any time soon. ’I think this is a scale eight earthquake. I think it will shock the Washington establishment; it will shock the House Republicans,’ former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said. ’It certainly upsets the balance of power inside the Republican conference. And combined with the results last week in Mississippi, it sends a pretty strong signal that while money matters, voters may matter more, and people have to have a little respect for the right of the voter to have attention paid to them, and the right of the voter to throw people out if they’re not happy with them,’ added Gingrich, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate and co-host of CNN’s ’Crossfire.’”