Dave Brat, Slayer of Eric Cantor, Wins House Seat


Republican Dave Brat followed his stunning primary victory over then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by beating his Democratic opponent on Tuesday to win a congressional seat.

Brat defeated Jack Trammell in central Virginia's heavily Republican 7th District. Libertarian James Carr finished a distant third.

In June, Brat rode a wave of tea party support to an upset over Cantor, who was the second-ranking member of the House of Representatives. Cantor was in his seventh term and was widely considered a likely successor to House Speaker John Boehner. He resigned in August and took a job with a New York investment bank.