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The Big Murkowski: Will Cantor Try to Salvage Seat Through Write-Ins?
PJ Media ^ | June 10, 2014 | Bridget Johnson

Posted on 06/10/2014 6:30:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) conceded Tuesday night that “obviously, we came up short” in fending off the Tea Party challenge from economics professor Dave Brat.

With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Brat had 55.6 percent to Cantor’s 44.4 percent.

“I know there’s a lot of long faces here tonight and it’s disappointing, sure,” Cantor said. “But I believe in this country, I believe there’s opportunity around the next corner for all of us.”

“So I look forward to continue to fight with all of you for the things that we believe in for the conservative cause because those solutions of ours are the answers to the problems that so many people are facing today.”

While Cantor’s loss unfolded and the majority leader gave his concession speech, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Va.) delivered a marathon speech against immigration reform on the House floor.

The remainder of the Hill was largely quiet, with no comments from other House leaders.

The possibility remained, though, that Cantor could attempt the same move that let Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to keep her seat.

In 2010, conservative Tea Party favorite Joe Miller, backed by Sarah Palin, knocked Murkowski out in the primary. After failing to find any other route to ballot access, Murkowski launched a write-in campaign and defeated Miller — becoming the first senator in more than five decades to win her seat via write-ins.

Murkowski’s long-shot campaign gave her a lead of more than 10,000 votes over Miller. She was declared the winner after Miller’s legal challenge was dismissed in late December of that year.

There is no Democratic candidate in Cantor’s district, though the open primary system meant that Democrats were able to cast ballots for Cantor or Brat.

Under Virginia’s “sore loser” law, his name could not be printed on the general election ballot, but that wouldn’t stop him from a write-in campaign.

“He’s got to make that decision. Eric is a very smart guy… he’s got to decide what’s his future,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) told CNN. “If he wants to take a gamble on a write-in campaign… he’s got to be careful not to look like a spoilsport.”

“I would be a little skeptical given the size and the margin” of Cantor’s defeat, Gingrich said, adding that he thinks every Tea Party group would “pile on” the majority leader in that campaign.

Life after an upset has played out well for some.

Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) was defeated in the 2012 primary by Tea Party challenger Richard Mourdock, who would eventually lose to Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.).

Lugar then created a nonprofit, The Lugar Center, to focus on the foreign policy and nonproliferation issues that marked his decades in office.

The ousted senator was then knighted by the British Empire and also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom last year.


TOPICS: Virginia; Campaign News; Parties; U.S. Congress
KEYWORDS: 2014; 2014midterms; brat; cantor; gop; uniparty; va2014

1 posted on 06/10/2014 6:30:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes, but he’ll do it to derail Brat.


2 posted on 06/10/2014 6:31:11 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Apparently there’s some sort of ‘sore loser’ rule preventing him from doing so, at least according to USATODAY


3 posted on 06/10/2014 6:31:21 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ah, so he just can’t run as an independent.


4 posted on 06/10/2014 6:32:21 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Will brat beat the dem?


5 posted on 06/10/2014 6:32:25 PM PDT by Mercat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Are you competing for buzzkill of the year or what?


6 posted on 06/10/2014 6:32:33 PM PDT by bramps (Go West America!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Virginia has a ‘sore loser’ law that prevents it. Cantor’s political career is over.


7 posted on 06/10/2014 6:33:25 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: b4its2late

Yes, he will. his goals are aligned with the RATS and they will make him an offer he can’t refuse to derail Brat and give them the seat. Count on it.


8 posted on 06/10/2014 6:34:04 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: Viennacon

Sore loser rules don’t apply to write-ins. They apply to names printed on a ballot, presumably as an independent or third party.


9 posted on 06/10/2014 6:35:14 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

Yep. Hopefully the district is smarter than that


10 posted on 06/10/2014 6:36:10 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Cantor runs as a write in, every Tea Party candidate who lost should run
as a write in, as well. It works both ways.


11 posted on 06/10/2014 6:37:52 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Cochran And Boss Hogg.)
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To: b4its2late

No, by that time he’ll have landed a cushy job paying 4X what he made in the House, and all this will be in his rear-view mirror. He can always run for Senate or Gov., since he’s so smart and all.


12 posted on 06/10/2014 6:41:20 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: bigbob

I hope so


13 posted on 06/10/2014 6:44:45 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

cantor - and i will run as a write-in to split brat’s vote so the democrat wins and the tea party loses.


14 posted on 06/10/2014 6:47:33 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: bramps

So you don’t want to know what’s happening?


15 posted on 06/10/2014 6:50:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“I believe there’s opportunity around the next corner for all of us.”

Speaking to his supporters (dependents) he is.

Fucking leaches.

Be gone.


16 posted on 06/10/2014 6:53:56 PM PDT by Justa
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To: Secret Agent Man

There is no Democratic candidate in Cantor’s district, though the open primary system meant that Democrats were able to cast ballots for Cantor or Brat.

Seems like it would have to be a write-in attempt only as there is no Democratic candidate on the ballot for the fall election.


17 posted on 06/10/2014 6:55:27 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (If you lined up the best and brightest of this administration, you'd just have a string of dim bulbs)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
RINOs will probably do in VA what they do in KS: line up behind the dim (sometimes secretly); try for a write-in or worse yet, refuse to vote!

They (the RINOs here in KS) always tell us to climb on board with their candidate - "We don't want the DemocRAT to win, do we," but when we actually have the temerity to primary them, then win, they take their marbles and play elsewhere!

There were always one, possibly two words that were like a cross to Dracula, "pro-life and/or traditional marriage," they always claim to be "fiscal conservatives" yet vote like Teddy Kennedy!

RINOs never met a tax increase they can't vote for - just a bit less than liberal DemocRATS want!

That is just one reason that conservatives jumped off the George W Bush train, budget and government grew bigger than it did in the Clinton Administration, then he tries to shove Amnesty down our throats in '07 and couldn't pull it off. RINOs are more concerned with the promises $$$ from the Chamber's of Commerce and the Nat'l Assn. of Manufacturer's than they are with their own voters!!!

18 posted on 06/10/2014 7:05:55 PM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
No, I appreciate the post (as well all your other informative posts AND what you've done for this country). I had just read the good Cantor news and I meant my reply as mostly tongue in cheek. Sorry for any offense.
19 posted on 06/10/2014 7:23:41 PM PDT by bramps (Go West America!)
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To: bramps

Cantor did not pledge his support for Brat in the general election. Conceding defeat in the primary without pledging support for your party’s nominee is the weasel’s way out.


20 posted on 06/10/2014 7:29:34 PM PDT by huckfillary
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To: huckfillary

You won’t get an argument from me.


21 posted on 06/10/2014 7:31:57 PM PDT by bramps (Go West America!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Cantor got clobbered a write in campaign will be pointless and embarrassing.


22 posted on 06/10/2014 7:37:23 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He could also run as an Independent.


23 posted on 06/10/2014 8:15:01 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: RetiredTexasVet
There is no Democratic candidate in Cantor’s district

I thought that I heard that there was -- a professor from the same college, someone named Trammell.

At least they'll have a good place to debate

24 posted on 06/10/2014 8:17:35 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: RetiredTexasVet
the open primary system meant that Democrats were able to cast ballots for Cantor or Brat.

Virginia does not hvae party registration.

25 posted on 06/10/2014 8:18:32 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m thinking the margin of his defeat will keep him from chancing an even bigger embarrassment in the fall - he’ll likely ‘sacrifice’ a run ‘for the children - er- country” by not chancing splitting the vote and letting the demRat win -


26 posted on 06/10/2014 8:32:48 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: bramps

“Are you competing for buzzkill of the year or what?”

Right! We can’t win even when we win!


27 posted on 06/10/2014 9:46:17 PM PDT by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: huckfillary

There was no reason to, the Democrats have no candidate to run against Brat.


28 posted on 06/10/2014 10:58:48 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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