Democratic and Republican lawmakers bid adieu to House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorThree strategies to help Clinton build 'Team of Teams' David Brat may run for Senate if Kaine becomes VP The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Va.) on Twitter after his unexpected primary upset on Tuesday night.
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas), a conservative member of the party, was the first lawmaker to tweet about the loss and claimed it was a result of Cantor abandoning GOP principles.
I want to thank Eric Cantor for his service, but this should be wake-up call to GOP leadership. No one is safe if they abandon principle.— Rep. Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) June 11, 2014
Stockman lost his primary challenge this year to incumbent Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). Cantor was defeated by Tea Party-backed David Brat.
The Establishment can mock the Tea Party all they want for not winning every challenge, but even if Tea Party goes 1-99, you might be the 1.— Rep. Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) June 11, 2014
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) was the first congressional Democrat to react to the news on Twitter.
It looks like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his re-election in the GOP primary in Virginia today!— Jared Polis (@jaredpolis) June 11, 2014
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) indicated Tuesday’s night’s outcomes were based on immigration reform stances. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a proponent of reform, won his primary and avoided a runoff. Cantor, meanwhile, had delivered mixed messages about his position on the issue.
Tonight proved the GOP has two paths on #immigrationreform: take a mainstream stance & win OR play both sides & walk the path to defeat.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) June 11, 2014
Many predict prospects for reform are dead now that Cantor has lost. He had helped author legislation, similar to the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for children who came to the U.S. illegally.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), an immigration reform opponent, said Virginia voters rejected Cantor’s support for amnesty.
Earthshaking primary results in Virginia tonight. Resounding rejection of #Amnesty and support for Rule of Law. Personal regrets to Eric.— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) June 11, 2014
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said Cantor’s loss proves the Republican party is sharply divided.
Cantor's loss in Va tonight is a seismic development opening fissures in the GOP and a scramble in House leadership— Gerry Connolly (@GerryConnolly) June 11, 2014
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) suggested Cantor would not have lost if Virginia’s primary system mirrored that in California, where the top two winners advance to the general election.
Eric Cantor lost to a very right wing extremist. This wouldn't have happened with California primary system #Cantor— Brad Sherman (@BradSherman) June 11, 2014
The stunning loss sent Twitter abuzz with shock and analysis, and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) inserted some sarcasm on his feed.
I have been super busy all day. Any political news I should be made aware of?— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) June 11, 2014
Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) suggested the Tea Party is overtaking Republicans.
Cantor loses primary: inmates are now fully running the asylum!— Jared Huffman (@JaredHuffman) June 11, 2014
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) said she was proud to serve with Cantor, and worked closely with him on issues including Israel. Cantor is the only Jewish Republican in Congress.