The term shocker and upset are overused in the news media, but not this time. The David Brat victory over Eric Cantor is truly one of the biggest upsets in our time.
Was this national? Not really. In Nevada generally the opposite has happened. Nevada yesterday had their election and on the Republican side it was very status quo in terms of who won.
On the Democrat side for Governor the results were humorous. The only candidate to get to 30% was “None of These Candidates”. The highest human got 25% http://www.silverstateelection.com/NVOther/
Back to the Republican Primary. Incumbents for the legislature, even if they pulled big bait and switch deceptions on the voters, were generally returned to office. The bait and switchers who lost the endorsement of the Nevada Republican Party like Hickey and Kieckhefer both got 67%. Gov. Sandavol got 90% and was seen as less of bait a switchers than Hickey and Kieckhefer, so they did pay some price. Both Hickey and Kieckhefer were in leadership as was Cantor. Whereas Hickey’s opponent Fineberg was heavily outspent, Kieckhefer’s opponent Schmidt ran, with his own money, a lot of very clever radio and TV ads in the last few weeks. This article has background on the bait and switching. http://aun-tv.com/exposed-voter-fraud-going-on-in-nevada-worse-than-ballot-stuffing/
Why the big difference between VA and NV?
Nevada despite having one if not the worst economy in America, is complacent. It is in a status quo mood. The Statewide Republican Party is not complacent or status quo at all, they endorsed many challengers to incumbent Republicans. A candidate that was inline with Fineberg and Schmidt, issue wise, Jill Dickman, did win. However there was no incumbent in her race.
Its the average voter that is complacent with the bad economy and deceptive politics and that is why Nevada voted for incumbents. What can change that? A news media that penalizes dishonesty and reminds Nevadans how terrible the economy is, might.
Another factor is demographics. Nevada used to have some of the most pro job and pro business policies in the nation, and the economy soared because of that. That attracted people from Statist/Semi Marxist States like New York here for jobs. Many of those people did not make the connection that the reason the jobs were here, and not where they came from, was because of the policies, and imported the detrimental polices with them which has had the same effect here (killing jobs).
As mentioned above, believe that David Brat would not have won in Nevada. However why he won was because he is a true believer, smart, has vision and is not a politician. Watch this video of him and think you will see those qualities.