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Tea Party Rejoices at Brat’s Win

WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that he’s pulled off a huge upset, defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary yesterday in Virginia, David Brat is looking ahead to November — but for now, he’s not spelling out any specifics on policies.

 

David Brat
David Brat (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

He told MSNBC today that as a Ph.D. in economics, “you analyze every situation uniquely.” He said he prefers to keep the focus on what he calls the “celebratory issues” of yesterday’s results.

Brat, a college professor and political newcomer, is an unflinching foe of easing immigration laws. His win was by far the biggest of the 2014 campaign season for tea party forces.

One moderate House Republican says he’s worried that the defeat of Cantor may bring more congressional gridlock. Peter King of New York says he’s concerned that supporters of Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul will “use this as an excuse” to shut down the government.

But Brat’s allies are rejoicing. Brent Bozell, chairman of ForAmerica, says, “The grassroots is in revolt and marching.”

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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