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Fmr. Rep. Castle Talks Cantor Loss and Tea Party

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBOC) - The majority leader in the US House of Representatives is stepping down from that position. Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, was second most powerful Republican in the House.

Cantor unexpectedly lost in a primary last night to a Tea Party challenger,  Dave Brat.

Defeated in a primary by a Tea Party challenger - it is a situation one of Delaware's longest-serving politicians found himself in four years ago.

WBOC sat down with Fmr. Gov. And US Rep. Mike Castle, R-Delaware, to discuss his thoughts on cantor's loss and the impact of the Tea Party on the Republican party.

Castle was Delaware's US representative and running to be senator when he lost to Tea Party-favorite Christine O'Donnell in 2010. He says the night that happened was difficult, as he imagines Tuesday night was for Cantor's camp.

"When you lose a primary that most people expect you to win," he said. "It is very disconcerting and very sad for many of us. I staff members who were weeping on the night I lost."

Cantor expected to win because his internal polling showed him way ahead. Castle says polls can be misleading, especially when it comes to primaries.

"We didn't do a lot of polling in my primary. Polling in primaries is very difficult, because you're going to get a very low voter turnout."

He says Brat now faces the challenge of winning the general election - something that's been difficult for some Tea Party candidates to do, case in point, O'Donnell eventually lost to now-Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware.

"In a state like Delaware, you're not going to win unless you have Democratic and Independent support if you're a Republican," said Castle. "We're too badly out registered. That's true of a lot of districts and a lot of states."

Castle says he doesn't think races like this are as simple as Tea Party versus Republican establishment. He thinks many more things factor into who wins and who loses.
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