Eric Cantor

Did Religion Play Role In Cantor’s Defeat?

Cultural factors seen influencing Tea Party voters in suburbs outside of Richmond.

Staff Writer

Rep. Eric Cantor’s loss a Tea Party-backed challenger Tuesday night in a shocking Republican primary upset was caused, in part, by his Jewish identity, says a political observer.

Cantor's religion made it harder to connect to the Christian, far-right voters in his new district. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Eric Cantor Defeated By Tea Party Primary Challenger


Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives and the most senior Jewish official in government, was defeated by a Tea Party primary challenger in his Virginia district.

Could GOP Lose Its Only Jew In Congress?

The only Jewish Republican in the U.S. Congress -- and the man who wants to be the first Jewish Speaker of the House -- is facing an unusual primary challenge to hang on to his seat in Tuesday's Virginia primary.

If Rep. Eric Cantor, 51, the House majority leader, wins on Tuesday he becomes a leading candidate to succeed Speaker John Boehner if the Ohio congressman is defeated either in November by constituents or by colleagues in the GOP caucus who say he isn't conservative enough for their tastes.

Congressional Races: Cantor Still A Soloist

Republican Jewish hopefuls defeated, new faces for House Dems.


Rep. Eric Cantor will remain the only Jewish Republican in the next Congress after several candidates fell short in Tuesday’s election.

Jewish Democrats seeking congressional seats fared better in Tuesday’s election, however.

Cantor is still the only Jewish Republican in the House of Representatives. Getty Images

Will Cantor Sing Mitt’s Praises?

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As Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan head toward the GOP convention in Tampa next week and the home stretch of the campaign, could House Majority Leader Eric Cantor be the man with a mission to woo the Jews?

Cantor endorsed Romney back in March, saying he’s the right guy “to lead this economy back to a growth mode, create jobs so people can feel better about the future.”

Cantor’s role going forward in the campaign is unclear. Getty Images

Partisan Jewish Groups Focus On Budget In Assessing Romneys VP Pick


Partisan Jewish groups focused on Paul Ryan's leading role in the budget stand-off in assessing Mitt Romney's pick as running mate.

Rep. Ryan (R-Wis.), the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives budget committee, has taken a lead role in the stand-off between the White House and the Democratic-led Senate on one side and the Republican-led House on the other, that has stymied passage of a budget.

Cantor's Candor On GOP 'Anti-Semitism'

Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor looked downright uncomfortable Wednesday when asked by Politico's Mike Allen at a breakfast forum about anti-Semitism in the GOP. 
The Virginian tries to take a pass on the question but then hands some credibility to it by talking about a "darker side." It seems he's talking about the darker side of politics in general, but he does not back down when asked the follow up: Is he referring to the GOP caucus?

Behind Cantor's Endorsement Of Romney

With only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul on tomorrow's Super Tuesday Virginia ballot (Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich failed to qualify), Rep. Eric Cantor's endorsement of the former Massachusetts governor was a no-brainer. 

Romney is expected to sweep all 49 Virginia delegates and for Cantor to try to sit this one out would only weaken him. 

Acting now has made him the first member of the House GOP leadership to endorse a presidential candidate. 

Cantor Endorses Romney, Says He Won't be Running Mate

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor endorsed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for president during an appearance on NBC's Meet The Press on Sunday.

"He's the only one in the race who knows how to create jobs," said Cantor, the only Jewish Republican in Congress, who had been neutral in the contentious primary until now. "He is by far the right man for this historic election and the only one in the race who has put forward these kind of solutions and I believe he can beat Barack Obama."

Bishop-Altshuler: The Rematch

Now that we've seen the rematch of the Giants-Patriots 2008 Super Bowl, get ready for another high-stakes do-over between closely matched opponents.

GOP upstart Randy Altschuler, who hopes to join Eric Cantor as the second Jewish Republican in the House, is again challenging Democrat Tim Bishop for the seat in Suffolk County's 1st District, which has a long history of oscillating between Democrat and Republican representatives on The Hill.

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