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Cantor's Defeat Presents Opportunity, Challenge For Bakersfield's McCarthy

Jun 11, 2014

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield)
Credit Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

Tuesday's surprise defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Virginia Republican primary is having a ripple effect throughout the GOP. The "political earthquake" is extending all the way to the San Joaquin Valley, which is home to Cantor's chief deputy, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy.

The vote caught many political observers off-guard. Now with Cantor expected to resign his position in July, McCarthy's name and others have surfaced as possible successors.  Valley Public Radio spoke with Fresno State political science professor Thomas Holyoke today for some insights into what Cantor's defeat could mean for McCarthy's political future.