With 220 of 243 precincts reporting, Brat lead Cantor by nearly 11 points. The AP was the first to call the contest for Brat.
Brat, an economics professor who has never held political office, reportedly had just $40,000 in the bank at the end of March against Cantor’s $2 million war chest. He has attacked Cantor, the only Jewish Republican in the House, as a member of the elite establishment GOP who has voted to raise the debt ceiling and supported some immigration reform.
As previously reported by TheBlaze, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor (external - login to view) in front of his family at a local party convention last month.
In TV ads, a website and mailers, the Cantor campaign accused Brat of being a “liberal college professor.” The most recent campaign finance reports show Cantor spent more than $1 million in April and May and had more than $1.5 million left in the bank as of June 6.
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