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    Democrats Could Win Eric Cantorís House Seat

    Democrats Could Win Eric Cantorís House SeatóWith Black Votes

    Donít sleep. In a district thatís 20 percent black, if they played their cards right, Democrats could turn Rep. Cantorís primary loss into a general election win.

    BY: CHARLES D. ELLISON
    Posted: June 11 2014 2:59 PM

    Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) listens as Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) answers questions during a press availability at the U.S. Capitol June 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. WIN MCNAMEE/GETTY IMAGES
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    Pundits, prognosticators and backseat-driving know-it-alls are chatting up everything you need to know about House Majority Leader Eric Cantorís (R-Va.) karma-driven primary loss Tuesday night, with politicos scrambling to understand David Brat: a once-puckish Tea Party upstart and Cantor twin with only $200,000 in the bank who managed to unseat the second most powerful cat in the House armed with $5 million plus.


    But, the Spidey sense should buzz after those third-eye folks parse through Bratís cleverly coded victory speech. The college professor wants to ďÖ move the pendulum Ö back to the states, back to the localitiesĒ and push loaded stuff like raw constitutionalism with ďfree market and Judeo-Christian principles.Ē

    Translated for a state that was once the Confederate capital, statesí rights nostalgia equals Voter-ID restrictions; Judeo-Christian principles means Bible-thumping; and free market sounds like predatory lending and sticking it to the working and middle class.

    Thatís reason enough that African-American voters in Virginiaís 7th Congressional District should and can try to win that seat back for Democrats.

    Black voters are the decisive key to a general election upset thatís as tectonic-plate-shifting as Bratís primary sucker punch. At the moment, though, the Dems seem satisfied to gleefully stomp on Cantorís political grave. Stuck on conventional wisdom thatís similar to those ďestablishmentĒ Republican rivals who got punked by Brat, Democratic strategists have already resigned Virginiaís 7th to its red-state faithful.

    That would be a mistake, though, and a nasty face palm to a rather robust black Virginia electorate. While itís overwhelmingly white, Cantorís district is also nearly 20 percent black, according to Census Bureau dataóin line with Virginiaís overall population. The stateís changing fast, and itís creating all sorts of creative voting blocs of coloróa major reason President Barack Obama won it in 2008 and 2012.

    It depends now on what Democrats do and the appeal of Democratic nominee Jack Trammellówho, like Brat, is a Randolph-Macon College professor. You can laugh; did you laugh when a black man with the middle name Hussein ran for president six years ago?

    Itís not like Cantorís seat was all that locked up for Republicans: the majority leader went from garnering 76 percent of the vote in 2004 to snagging only 58 percent in 2012. And while the district has been reliably red since 1996, it leaned blue enough to vote for current Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) in 2008.

    Democrats could easily energize the 7th Districtís black voters alongside its Latino electorate, which stands at 5 percent, Asian Americans (also 5 percent), and any of those among its foreign-born demo (12 percent) who might be eligible to vote. Thereís also enough young and traditionally Democratic-leaning younger voters and likely some moderate Republicans who are shell-shocked from House-GOP-instigated gridlock, who wonít be feeling Bratís extreme ideology.

    Trammell is about as well known as a talk show host on public access TV, and Democrats have their work cut out for them. So get to it, fam.

    Some of us grown-ups are tired of these new kids who like to wreck things in Washington.

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    The way Dems would win it is if the GOP and their buddies won't back the winner of the primary which isn't *their boy*. In essence the GOP would rather Dems have it them support a Conservative who doesn't cowtail to them as they wish.
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