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St. Louis Tea Party Reflects on Eric Cantor’s Loss

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) speaks to the media during a news conference on Capitol Hill, May 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Leader Cantor spoke to reporters after attending a closed meeting with House Republicans. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) speaks to the media during a news conference on Capitol Hill, May 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Leader Cantor spoke to reporters after attending a closed meeting with House Republicans. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A Tea Party victory in Virginia is giving fuel to members in St. Louis.

St. Louis Tea Party co-founder Bill Hennessey says the filing deadline for upcoming primaries has passed, so the victory won’t be prompting more Tea Party backed candidates into running.

He says it could help fundraising in the future for state and federal candidates.

But he says the most immediate takeaway from this, he says, is how bad the Republican Party is at judging grass roots support during elections.

“When their internal polling said that he was up by 34 percent, and then he gets shellacked, the Republicans I don’t think have made a single step forward in understanding how the digital age is going to affect not only polling, but messaging,” he says.

He also says this could give a mandate to congress to take Tea Party candidates more seriously and give some legitimacy to their stance on immigration reform.

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