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The Cantor defeat: A voters' revolt against, but against what?
The Cantor defeat: A voters' revolt against, but against what?

Voters' revolts are always instructive. But first you have to figure out what the voters were trying to say. And in the days since Rep. Eric Cantor, the second-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, lost his GOP primary election, there's been plenty of disagreement about that. The prevailing conclusion in the GOP establishment has been that Cantor was mostly a victim of incompetence — his own and his pollster's, who told him he was leading in his Virginia district by a margin of 34 percentage points. But whatever the reasons for Cantor's loss, it illuminates broader issues, and Republicans spent the week nervously sifting through them. (Democrats...

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