Georgia's Tea Party is celebrating the stunning defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia's GOP Primary. Cantor was soundly defeated by a little-known Tea Party challenger, Dave Brat, in Tuesday's election.
Debbie Dooley, co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party, tells WSB she's "thrilled," and says it's an "incredible upset." Dooley says it sends a "strong signal that the Tea Party isn't dead, and we never give up." She says it was a "perfect storm, a true grass roots effort."
Dooley says she'd like to see Georgia Representative Tom Price become the next majority leader. She says Price would "listen to the people, not the powerful."
Cantor lost his Virginia primary bid for an eighth term. New York Republican Peter King says he worries that supporters of tea party favorites like Sen. Ted Cruz will use Cantor's defeat "as an excuse" to shut down government. Brat calls his win a "miracle from God." House Speaker John Boehner praised Cantor as "a good friend and a great leader."