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Cantor faces primary challenge

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It may be nothing more than a speed bump on his way to 7th term in Congress and the further consolidation of his power as the House Majority Leader in Washington, D.C. Regardless for the first time in his career, Rep. Eric Cantor has a primary challenge.

It isn’t a serious challenge. His opponent, Floyd Bayne, has run against him before. He picked up 6% of the vote as an independent, essentially Tea Party candidate in 2010. Bayne doesn’t have much money and there is no polling data to suggest that he could pull off the impossible on June 12th. But on that day, in an election that could see less 5% of registered voters showing up, Bayne hopes anything is possible.

Here is my story on Cantor’s primary challenge from NBC12:

It may seem early, but a group of candidates are in a sprint to Election Day. It’s not the November election, but the June primary that will decide who is on the ballot. It usually brings out a very low turnout, but this year, there are some big names on the ballot including one of the most powerful politicians in America.

In two weeks House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will be on the ballot hoping to secure his party’s nomination, in a GOP primary.

“I think everyone should be taking elections seriously,” said Cantor during a visit to the Libbie Market in Richmond on Tuesday.  “This is our God given gift as citizens of America.”

Cantor doesn’t seem worried about June 12th or Floyd Bayne who hopes to de-rail his march to another term.

The difference in their two campaigns is stark. Cantor, the second most powerful member of the House of Representatives brought national TV crews to Richmond. Tuesday evening, Bayne spoke to a small group of Tea Party activists in Henrico.

“We’ve gone to every meeting, Tea Party, Republican Party that will have me, and you just gotta get people out to vote,” Bayne said.

Bayne isn’t drawing big crowds but he might not need them. In 2008, less than 5% of registered voters came to the polls in congressional primaries.

“You just get out there and knock on doors and get boots on the ground,” Bayne said.

Cantor may not be worried, but he isn’t ignoring Bayne. He sent his supporters a letter reminding them to vote on the 12th and signs with a similar reminder have popped up around Richmond.

read and see the story on NBC12.com

Bayne talked to us extensively about his primary challenge. Extended clips from the interview are below:

Rep. Cantor also talked about his work to help small business and his view of the primary. That interview can be found below:


Written by Ryan Nobles

May 29, 2012 at 11:45 pm

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  1. […] have reported a bit on both races. Check out my story on Cantor’s challenge from Tea Party activists Floyd Bayne, and my story about George Allen’s ability to wade […]

  2. A couple of grifters out to ruin America and enrich their pocketbooks.

    Karen Husted

    June 14, 2012 at 9:05 pm

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