Tea party candidates try to build on Cantor loss

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LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — Until House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his bid for re-nomination, establishment Republican powers had mostly dominated tea party candidates in the 2014 midterm election.

But conservative challengers and the groups backing them are looking to build on the momentum of Dave Brat's upset win in Virginia's primary.

The next test will be in Mississippi's Republican Senate runoff on June 24. State lawmaker Chris McDaniel is trying to unseat six-term Sen. Thad Cochran.

McDaniel said Wednesday that Cantor's loss to a tea party-backed challenger is proof that Republican voters are fed up with Washington. Cochran said at a campaign stop near Jackson that it was surprising Cantor had trouble defending his record in Congress.

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