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With Eric Cantor out, no Republican Jews in Congress

by Brad A. Greenberg

June 10, 2014 | 7:33 pm

In a stunning upset, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., lost the primary election tonight to Tea Party challenger David Brat. This despite Cantor's internal polling showing the Congressional vet leading by 34 points. A truly epic surprise.

A lot already has been written in the past two hours—and much, much more will. But I wanted to quickly mention one discrete detail:

Despite the rise of Republican Jews, few have ever found a place in the GOP's congressional caucus. That's true even despite the fact that Jews in recent years have made up a substantially greater proportion of Congress than of the general U.S. population. And Eric Cantor was the last Republican Jew standing in Congress.

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