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GOP leader Eric Cantor falls to tea party challenger

In a stunning upset, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor lost his primary challenge to a tea party-backed candidate Tuesday.
House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) speaks during a news conference about  the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act, on Capitol Hill, May 7, 2014 in Washington, DC.
House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) speaks during a news conference about the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act, on Capitol Hill, May 7, 2014 in Washington, DC.

In a stunning upset, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, the second-highest ranking Republican in the House, lost his primary challenge to a tea party-backed candidate Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

With more than 75% of precincts reporting, the AP called economics professor Dave Brat the surprise winner of the GOP nomination for Virginia’s 7th congressional district.

Cantor, who serves as the House majority leader, heavily outspent Brat and was widely expected to survive the challenge from the right.

Read more at NBC News.