Politics
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Wed June 11, 2014

Matt Bevin Says Virginia Voters Showed 'Courage' in Ousting House GOP Leader

Kentucky Republican Matt Bevin
Credit Alix Mattingly

The enormous upset of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Virginia Republican primary election caught the political world off guard.

In less than 24 hours, GOP members have begun to carve up what is left of Cantor's political carcass, vying for his leadership spot. So far, House and Senate members of Kentucky's Republican delegation have either declined or have yet to respond to our request for comment.

Perhaps living vicariously through a more successful Republican insurgent candidate, former Senate candidate Matt Bevin told WFPL this is a good sign for the party.

"Kudos to the voters of Virginia's 7th District for having the vision and the courage to chart a new course," Bevin said. "This election result marks a great victory for the rejuvenation of core principles within the Republican party and bodes well for the GOP's energy going into November."

Bevin failed in his bid to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky's May 20 Republican primary, but joined conservative commentators in celebrating economics professor Dave Brat's victory.

"Conservative voters across America are awakening and are starting to step up to the plate in a meaningful way," Bevin said. "For the sake of America's future generations, may this momentum continue."

Brat defeated Cantor by 11 points despite being outspent by a 40-to-1 margin.

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