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October 24, 2014

Democrats Mull Competing for Cantor Seat — if He Runs as a Write-In

National Democrats are considering competing for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s House seat in the unlikely case the Virginia Republican runs as a write-in candidate in November.

On Tuesday evening, Cantor lost his primary to college professor David Brat in one of the most shocking defeats in modern political history.

The nascent Democratic efforts include outreach out to the Democratic nominee, college professor Jack Trammell, according to knowledgeable Democratic sources.

Virginia’s 7th District is solid Republican territory. Cantor won his 2012 general election by 17 points, while Mitt Romney carried the seat by 15 points. But Democrats see a path to victory there if Cantor wages a write-in campaign and splits the Republican vote.

At the same time, local Republicans telegraphed that a Cantor write-in candidacy is unlikely.

“The party will do everything it can to hold onto the seat,” said Jeff Ryer, communications director at the state Senate Republican Caucus. ”Everybody will line up behind David Brat right away.”

It is unclear whether a write-in campaign is even a legal option for Cantor.

Sources from both parties offered mixed legal interpretations on Virginia election law for write-in campaigns. Write-in campaigns are permitted on the ballot in Virginia, but the state also has a “sore loser” law that forbids losing primary candidates from appearing on the general election ballot.

“I don’t think anybody knows,” a Virginia Republican operative source said.

Emily Cahn contributed to this report. 

 

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  • Ryan

    Strictly speaking, a write-in candidate isn’t “on” the ballot, are they?

    • Layla

      No, and the GOP would not support him if he did. Otherwise, they’ve be voted out in record numbers, all of them.

  • Ryan

    Strictly speaking, a write-in candidate isn’t “on” the ballot, are they?

  • http://americansforpetraeus2012.org JohnnyAngel Advocacy Group

    Why would they know what the election law is ? They’re only lawyer politicians :-)

  • realnrh

    Not going to happen, but it’d be pretty funny if the Democratic candidate started waging a write-in campaign for Cantor anyhow. Considering how extreme Brat is, this one might be a Murdoch-style too-far-for-comfort Democratic takeover even without it. Brat’s well to the right of not just Cantor, but of the Republicans in Congress in general. That plays well in a Tea-stained primary, but in the general he might find he’s gone too far.

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  • Yonatan YONATAN

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