McAuliffe: "Heartsick" Over Cantor's Primary Loss

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- While many Democrats were rejoicing over last month's unexpected loss by Republican Eric Cantor in the GOP primary, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was not among them.

McAuliffe told WTOP-FM during his monthly "Ask the Governor" program Wednesday that he was "heartsick" over Cantor's defeat to challenger Dave Brat because it represents a significant loss of clout for the state's congressional delegation.

McAuliffe, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said Cantor was uniquely positioned as House majority leader to protect federal spending that benefits Virginia.

He said that Cantor's defeat, coupled with the looming retirements of veteran House members Frank Wolf, R-Va., and Jim Moran, D-Va., represent a significant blow to the power of the state's congressional delegation.

Cantor is officially stepping down as majority leader on Thursday. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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