TIME 2014 Election

Cruz Staff Celebrates Cantor Defeat

"Is DC Listening yet?"

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s shocking primary loss Tuesday may have sent shivers up the spine of the Republican establishment, but it was met with glee in Tea Party circles.

Chip Roy, Texas RepublicanSen. Ted Cruz’s chief of staff, adopted his boss’ signature “Make DC Listen” line in a Twitter after the race was called for Dave Brat.

Cruz and Cantor maintained a contentious relationship after the conservative senator orchestrated a strategy that pushed the government to shut down last year.

Separately, Tea Party groups and candidates across the country rushed to hold up the victory as a sign that their movement is resurgent despite coordinated attacks from the establishment.

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