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Right-Wing Radio’s Win on Cantor (Politico)
Dave Brat didn’t have much money, staff or name recognition — but he did have Laura Ingraham. In the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s primary, the conservative talk radio host did more to raise Brat’s profile in his Virginia district than his own campaign could ever have done with its paltry budget and paid staff of two, political experts in the state and Washington said Wednesday. TVNewser Cable news networks went into overdrive with the stunning news Tuesday night. At 8:06 p.m. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow interrupted Chris Hayes‘ show, which had been pre-recorded. Maddow called it “a shocking development in American politics.” (Hayes returned live at 8:38 p.m.). CNN’s Anderson Cooper called the race at 8:11 p.m. and FNC’s Trace Gallagher broke into The O’Reilly Factor at 8:14 p.m. ET, before Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly picked up coverage and filled out the 8 p.m. ET hour. NYT Few people did more than Ingraham to propel Brat, a 49-year-old economics professor who has never held elected office before, from obscurity to national conservative hero, defeating house majority leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary held Tuesday night. And few stories better illustrate how his out-of-nowhere victory was due in large part to a unique and potent alignment of influential voices in conservative media. New York Daily News / Mouth of The Potomac Ingraham likened a rally she held for Brat to what she saw in 2008 when freshman senator Barack Obama was campaigning in the Iowa caucuses. She left Iowa knowing Obama would win. “The national media totally missed this,” said Ingraham, a nervy and entertaining conservative, noting how little coverage the rally got, mostly via the local NBC station and a conservative website. TVNewser Nearly 4 million people tuned into one of the cable news networks during the 8 p.m. ET hour Tuesday night as news broke that Cantor had been defeated in his Virginia primary race. As usual, Fox News led the way in both ratings metrics, averaging 2,794,000 total viewers and 485,000 adult 25-54 viewers in the 8 p.m. hour.