Cantor dismissed talk that he was too focused on moving up the leadership ladder.
Cantor zeroed in on Ingraham’s charge that he was “two-faced” and a “phony.”
“This has a lot to do with the effectiveness of relative campaigns,” Romney said.
The outgoing House majority leader stopped short of congratulating the primary winner.
"I don’t think there is any one reason for the outcome of the election," said Cantor.
Pete Aguilar (D) is now the favorite in the open seat Dems cost themselves two years ago.
Veteran pollster John McLaughlin has a recent history of missing the mark by a wide margin.
The N.Y. GOP congressman saw his fundraising plummet after he was indicted in April.
"We had probably 15,000 card-carrying Democrats come into this primary," said Ray Allen.
Candidates from both parties locked in tough races see Cantor’s loss as a victory.