‘Passion wins primaries,’ SiriusXM host says about Eric Cantor’s loss to David Brat

Written by Benazir Wehelie and Sydney Goldberger

SiriusXM Hosts Ari Rabin-Havt and Michael Smerconish provided coverage this morning regarding House majority leader Eric Cantor’s loss to Tea Party-backed economics professor, David Brat. Prior to one of the most shocking primary upsets in congressional history, Cantor was considered the top choice to succeed current Speaker of the House John A. Boehner.

Brat repeatedly criticized Cantor for his soft views towards immigration and portrayed Cantor as an advocate for the amnesty for immigrants living illegally in the US, which may have been a key reason to Brat’s success.

On The Agenda, Ari Rabin-Havt spoke with political reporter for the Huffington Post, Sabrina Siddiqui about her attempts to try and report on Cantor’s campaign. “I tried a number of times to write about [Cantor’s] challenges, to get some information on them. I was expecting that, like most campaigns, they would give me some kind of op-post, tell me a little more about who this guy is, why he is not in fact this Tea Party-backed candidate he claims to be … and they just completely laughed me off and said that ‘this isn’t even a contest.'”

Rabin-Havt also spoke with Kevin, a resident of Virgina’s 7th district who gave his reaction to Cantor’s loss, saying he was “shocked” by what happened. “I think it was a huge push from conservatives and tea-party types who finally, I guess, ‘saw the the light,’ on how arrogant and pompous Cantor had become because even … in the few times that he came back to his district for his ‘town hall,’ he was always very selective about who was invited, it was never an open town hall,” Kevin said.

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