Last week’s defeat of Eric Cantor, the Majority Leader of the US House of Representatives, by an unknown economics professor called David Brat, has caused a “political earthquake”, says The Times.
Brat’s decisive victory in the Republican Primary in Virginia is the first time since the position was created in 1899 that a sitting Majority Leader has been defeated. The result could have a major impact both on this year’s mid-term elections and on the 2016 presidential elections.
It sent “two clear signals” to the political class: that the Republicans’ radical Tea Party is not dead, and that President Obama’s [...]
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