Upset of Cantor is good news for McDaniel campaign

Posted on June 11, 2014 

The Chris McDaniel campaign wasted little time trying to capitalize on the historic upset of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia on Tuesday.

"We just beat Eric Cantor" read the subject line of an email the McDaniel campaign that went out a couple hours after the race was called for the Tea Party's Dave Brat.

The email opens with boilerplate McDaniel: true conservatives vs. career politicians. Then the other shoe drops.

"Here's the thing," the message continues. "We have to raise with the huge spending going on from the lobbyists and insiders supporting Sen. Cochran. 

"It's this simple: if we don't raise this money from conservatives around Mississippi and America, we won't be able to outmatch Sen. Cochran during GOTV."

There are more than a few parallels between the Brat-Cantor race and McDaniel's fight with Sen. Thad Cochran.

Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin endorsed both McDaniel and Brat as fighters who would be better than incumbents reluctant to do battle. The Washington Post, which had all but called the race for Cantor before the first ballot was cast, said Cantor mismanaged his campaign: too aloof on the ground and too agressive on the airwaves. 

And for those wondering how fast the establishment would rally around a candidate who had openly attacked it: 

As soon as he finished his speech, Virginia Republican Party Chairman Pat Mullins walked over to the microphone and pledged his support for the general election campaign ahead, the Post wrote.

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