When Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) received an email Tuesday night alerting him that House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorBrat: New ObamaCare repeal bill has 'significant' changes Overnight Energy: Flint lawmaker pushes EPA for new lead rule House staffer, Monsanto vet named to top Interior posts MORE (R-Va.) had lost his primary, he thought it was a joke.
He didn’t believe it until he raced to a few news sites to confirm the report.
“I tuned into some of the publications to see that it was real,” he added.
Another Senate Republican who requested anonymity said Cantor had told members of the upper chamber during an informal gathering that his internal polls showed him in good shape and cruising to re-election.
Corker was flummoxed as to what Cantor’s defeat may portend for the party as a whole.
“The House leadership obviously is going to be in disarray, other than that I can’t say I can take away any macro thoughts,” he said. “I don’t know how much time he spent in the district.”