The Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, Virginia 7th District Congressman Eric Cantor, has gone down in flaming defeat to a Tea Party-backed challenger named Dave Brat.
With close to 98% of precincts reporting, 238 out of 243, Brat maintains a commanding lead of about 11 percentage points, some 7-thousand votes.
Throughout the campaign, Brat who was given a snowballs chance by the pundits and power brokers hammered Cantor for his elitism and his views on illegal immigration. Cantor has generally favored a form of amnesty for illegal immigrants as well as generally backed a variation of the so-called Dream Act.
Cantor has been in the House since 2001, becoming House Majority Leader in 2011.
This starting, out-of-the-blue defeat for a well-funded and well-connected GOP Establishment leader will no doubt send serious shock waves throughout Republican circles.
More to follow.