When Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) received an email Tuesday night alerting him that House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorEx-RNC spokesman: After Trump remarks how can I tell minorities to vote GOP Kelly’s challenge? Bringing stability to Trump White House Special interests hide behind vets on Independence Day MORE (R-Va.) had lost his primary, he thought it was a joke.

“I actually thought when I got the e-mail last night about the outcome that it was a hoax, I really did,” Corker said.

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.”