Dave Brat has MI Roots

Tea Party activist Dave Brat who beat out House Republican Eric Cantor has Michigan roots.

Brat graduated from Holland’s Hope College in 1986 and grew up in Alma.

Experts are calling his victory over the number two House Republican the biggest political upset of the year.

A Grand Valley State political science professor, Roger Moiles, says his win can be attributed to Brat’s focus on the people in his district.

“This is a case where politics is local and that’s really how Dave Brat took it to him I think, and made it more about Cantor representing his district.”

As for who would replace Cantor as House Majority Leader, California Representative Kevin McCarthy is the only bid right now.

Tonight Texas Representative Pete Sessions dropped his bid for Majority Leader.