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Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) weighed in Tuesday night after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-VA) shocking defeat in the GOP primary to David Brat.

"Eric Cantor and I have been through a lot together," Boehner said. "He’s a good friend and a great leader, and someone I’ve come to rely upon on a daily basis as we make the tough choices that come with governing. My thoughts are with him and Diana and their kids tonight."

David Brat, the man who defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for the Republican nomination in Virginia's seventh congressional district Tuesday night, is an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland.

Until he announced his plans to challenge Cantor in 2014, Brat had almost no formal political experience. He started sitting on the Virginia Governor Board of Economists under Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine. He graduated with a Ph. D. in economics from American University in 1995 after obtaining a master's degree of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1990 and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Hope College in Michigan.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) looks poised to come out of Tuesday's primary election night either the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate (again) or the frontrunner in a runoff. Graham has been able to be the establishment candidate who is "teflon" to conservative attacks on the right. According to the conservative who challenged Graham in the 2008 primary, it's all a ploy.

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A nasty fight over Obamacare's Medicaid expansion in Virginia took another shocking turn on Monday afternoon.

State Sen. Phillip Puckett (D), who resigned his post reportedly for a job as deputy director of the tobacco commission, took himself out of the running on Monday, according to the Washington Post. News of his resignation drew fierce criticism and raised questions about a possible backroom deal with Republicans. The director of the GOP-led commission had endorsed Puckett for the position and said the two discussed the possibility.

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When the Hinds County Sheriff's Department concluded its investigation into the trio of supporters of state Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R-MS) U.S. campaign getting locked in the Hinds County Courthouse late on the night of the Mississippi primary (after that building had been closed and locked), that wasn't good enough for Hinds County Supervisor Robert Graham (pictured, left). So Graham asked Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith to investigate and late Friday the Clarion-Ledger of Mississippi reported that Smith agreed to have his office investigate the incident.

"My thinking behind this is that there are too many unanswered questions, the sheriff's department conducted an investigation and it's my belief that it was not a thorough investigation," Graham told TPM on Monday.

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