|Republican leader was blindsided by the Tea Party and conservative media agitators.|
Representative Eric Cantor (R-VA) will formally resign from his role as House Majority Leader in July. He will complete his term as lawmaker.
On that note, he and many Republicans were stunned by the epic loss. They knew that Dave Brat was outmatched by money and popularity. Somehow the gnats of conservative talk radio managed to put their focus on the race.
Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter and Mark "Ratface" Levin have been flexing their political muscle in this race.
Did you know that Cantor was the only Jewish Republican serving in a majority Christian party?
Did you know that Cantor is married to a liberal?
Somehow the conservative agitators found out about it and used it against him.
Cantor goes to GOP Sundays to scream and bemoan fellow Republicans, the president and everyone who contributed to his loss.
"I don't have 'any regrets', because I remain focused on the mission that I'm about," Cantor told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union."
He did say, though, that he will vote for Brat in the upcoming general election.
"I want a Republican to hold this seat, of course," he said.
Bash asked Cantor about comments by his pollster, John McLaughlin, whose surveys predicted a win for the majority leader. McLaughlin told CNN in a memo that he believes Cantor lost because thousands of Democrats voted in the Republican primary.
"I'm looking forward," Cantor said. "A lot of folks are going to be interested in that, but to me, the problems that people in this country are facing are a lot greater than any kind of setback -- political setback, personal setback -- that I've got, so I really am very focused on continuing on the mission that I've tried to be about here in Washington. It's those reform conservative solutions that actually can be applied to people's problems in the working middle class in this country and for everyone."
The majority leader said he did not think there was any one thing that led to his loss. He stands behind his statements in opposition to comprehensive immigration reform, he added, but still supports legal status for young undocumented immigrations who came to the U.S. as children. Immigration became a focus of Cantor and Brat's campaigns in the final weeks before the election.
"It did, I'm sure, aggravate people on both sides of the issue, but it is the principled position that I've taken and I believe it's the right one," he said.
Cantor is the sole Jewish Republican in the House of Representatives, and Bash asked whether his loss could be partially attributed to anti-semitism.
"I don't ever want to impute that to anybody," Cantor said.