Cantor Campaign: Internal Poll Showed 34-Point Lead Over Tea Partier

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., right, accompanied by House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2011, as the budget talks continued... House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., right, accompanied by House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2011, as the budget talks continued. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) MORE LESS
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An internal poll by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) re-election campaign had him with a 34-point lead over primary opponent economics professor David Brat.

The poll, conducted by John McLaughlin of McLaughlin & Associates between May 27 and May 28 found Cantor with 62 percent to Brat with 28 percent, according to The Washington Post on Friday.

Cantor lost to Brat on Tuesday. With 90 percent of precincts reporting Brat defeated Cantor 55.4 percent to 44.6 percent. It was perhaps the biggest upset of any primary contest in the 2014 election cycle.

Brat ran a tea party challenge against Cantor focused on immigration. But Brat’s candidacy didn’t get much national attention or attention from the most prominent outside groups that have boosted conservative challenges to incumbent Republican lawmakers.

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  1. I didn’t realize that Rove had started offering polling services too.

  2. Avatar for sj660 sj660 says:

    inb4 #unskewed

  3. Avatar for enon enon says:

    was he using mitt’s pollster…

  4. As Bill Russell famously said of unpredicted outcomes, “That’s why we play the game.”

  5. The best poll money can buy now called Ronmey/Cantor effect.

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