House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorA path forward on infrastructure Democrats step up calls that Russian hack was act of war Paul replaces Cruz as GOP agitator MORE (R-Va.) picked up the endorsement of one of Virginia’s largest newspapers this weekend in his primary fight against economics professor Dave Brat.
“Cantor reflects Reagan's optimism and shuns the politics of resentment that pollute today's climate. He believes the economy retains great potential; government's job is to unleash the economy's inherent strength. His education proposals stress the disciplines Americans will need if they are to compete with the rest of the world,” the editorial reads.
It also credits Cantor with rallying “his Republican colleagues to unanimous opposition to ObamaCare,” and closes by stating it’s “preposterous” to suggest that Cantor is insufficiently conservative.
Cantor is expected to win on Tuesday, but has taken no chances in securing his seat against his little-known challenger. He spent an estimated $1 million over the past two months, much of it on television advertising, and had $1.5 million in the bank at the end of May.
Brat has raised and spent just a fraction of that, but received a boost from prominent conservative figures, like talk-show host Laura Ingraham. And a survey out last week conducted for conservative news site the Daily Caller by Vox Populi showed Cantor just 12 points head of his challenger, with 52 percent support among likely primary voters.
While that’s the slimmest margin Cantor has posted in a primary, it still gives him a win. And two other members of congressional GOP leadership — Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) — easily defeated their own challengers, setting up a strong precedent for a win for Cantor on Tuesday.