House Majority Leader Eric Cantor delivers a concession speech in Richmond, Va. on June 10, 2014.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor delivers a concession speech in Richmond, Va. on June 10, 2014. Steve Helber—AP

Cantor Spent More on Steakhouses Than The Guy Who Beat Him Spent on His Whole Campaign

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his Republican primary Tuesday despite outspending his opponent Dave Brat's entire campaign on steakhouses alone.

Cantor's campaign spent over $168,000 on steakhouses for where it held fundraisers, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, while Brat's campaign spent just $122,700 total.

Cantor, whose unexpected loss shocked Washington, spent over $5 million during the campaign—meaning the 28,898 votes Cantor won Tuesday cost him $173.94 apiece. The 36,110 votes Brat received to secure his 11-point victory cost him only $3.40 each.

Eric Cantor and Dave Brat Campaign Spending Source: Center for Responsive Politics 
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