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ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Just, wow

VIRGINIA: Here's how Cantor's stunning loss played:

  • NYT: Cantor’s Loss a Bad Omen for Moderates
  • WSJ: Virginia Win Gives Tea Party New Lease on Life
  • Washington Post: Cantor loss throws Congress into disarray
  • Richmond Times-Dispatch: David Brat stuns House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in GOP primary

Bookmarked: The stat many are citing this morning, from the New York Times. "Since the beginning of last year, Mr. Cantor’s campaign had spent about $168,637 at steakhouses compared with the $200,000 his challenger, David Brat, had spent on his entire campaign."

The Washington Post's Paul Kane: "The prospect of a loss seemed to have gone uncontemplated in the Cantor camp. The majority leader spent Tuesday morning at a monthly meeting with large donors and lobbyists at a Capitol Hill Starbucks, helping raise money for three junior lawmakers. Cantor assured the group that he had spent heavily on his race — more than $1 million since April — to ensure victory by a large margin and to show no “sign of weakness,” according to one attendee."

"Mr. Cantor's loss is a particular blow to Wall Street. He had cultivated good ties with Wall Street figures, and was a conduit for their concerns. He also served as the leader who tried to calm nerves in the financial industry during recent years' budget fights and arguments over raising the nation's debt ceiling so the federal government could make its payments to bondholders,” notes the Wall Street Journal.

Team Cantor was clearly blindsided. The Washington Post: “Scott Reed, a GOP strategist who oversees political activities for the Chamber of Commerce, said Tuesday night that its officials had seen warning signs for Cantor some weeks ago, offered help and ‘were waved off.’”

Cantor’s pollster, John McLaughlin, offers as explanations for why he was so far off: “unexpectedly high turnout, last-minute Democratic meddling, and stinging late attacks on amnesty and immigration,” per National Journal.

RedState's Erick Erickson writes that Cantor's loss wasn't just about immigration, it was about disengagement from his constituents amid his own race for political power on the Hill. "Cantor lost his race because he was running for Speaker of the House of Representatives while his constituents wanted a congressman. The tea party and conservatives capitalized on that with built up distrust over Cantor’s other promises and made a convincing case Cantor could not be trusted on immigration either."

It begins. The Wall Street Journal digs up a Brat quote that Hitler's rise "could all happen again, quite easily."

Blood in the water: "Just minutes after Cantor’s defeat was official on Tuesday night, Rep. Tim Huelskamp told CQ Roll Call that Cantor’s ouster “bodes well for an entire new leadership team.”

What happens next, via the Washington Post’s Robert Costa: “Associates of House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said they were telling him to quickly declare that he will stay in his position for another term and that he would like Cantor to stay on as majority leader through the end of the year, making the argument that unity and stability are critical for a House GOP in crisis. Others close to Boehner predicted that he may say little definitive in the days ahead about his own political future as he waits to hear from House Republicans about how they would like to proceed and whether conservatives, encouraged by professor David Brat’s upset in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, decide to target him in an effort to elect an entirely new slate of House leaders.”

Reporters tried to get response from House Speaker Boehner as he left his favored Capitol Hill haunt, an Italian restaurant on Barrack's Row. "No, you all know what the rules are," he said, referencing his policy of not taking questions other than at planned appearances.

SOUTH CAROLINA: The news we THOUGHT we'd be highlighting: "In South Carolina, Graham Prevails Without a Runoff"

The State: "Graham’s six GOP challengers predicted the primary would be a referendum on the two-term incumbent's record. Instead, Republican voters bucked Tea Party dissenters and gave Graham roughly 60 percent of the vote, lending credence to criticism the “anybody-but-Graham” movement is driven by a vocal but small minority."

NEVADA: The Las Vegas Sun: "Reid runs the Democratic party machine in Nevada, and in February he promised the party would have a strong candidate to challenge Sandoval. But that never happened, in large part because Sandoval polls so well that he’s nearly unbeatable. "None of these candidates” — an option on the ballot — was winning the Democratic vote at times during election night, a black eye for the party of the Senate majority leader. Robert Goodman, a relative unknown, won the most votes of any candidate and will represent the party in November."

The Review-Journal: "The most anticipated statewide race of the night did not turn out to be a nail biter at all. Hutchison took an early lead and never gave it up, outpacing Lowden in both Clark and Washoe counties by wide margins. He did well against Lowden in several rural counties as well."

OBAMA AGENDA: Hagel testifies on Bergdahl swap

Some background from the New York Times on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's testimony to Congress this morning to defend the Bergdahl swap: "He has written almost every word of his opening statement himself. He has slashed suggestions from his speechwriters and replaced them with his own blocks of paragraphs. By Monday night, he was five drafts into his planned presentation, with many more likely to come before Wednesday morning, aides said."

The Wall Street Journal: "Before the U.S. transferred five Afghan Taliban detainees to secure the freedom of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, American intelligence officials predicted that two of the men would return to senior positions with the militant group, according to U.S. officials."

Obama spoke out again against gun violence Tuesday, calling the inability to reform gun laws his "biggest frustration."

This is worth keeping an eye on, via the LA Times: "The tenure and seniority system that has long protected California public school teachers, even ineffective ones, was struck down Tuesday in a court decision that could change hiring and firing policies nationwide."

OFF TO THE RACES: Cruz officially renounces Canadian citizenship

Our friends at TODAY.com report on Hillary Clinton's interview with NBC's Cynthia's McFadden -- and what she had to say about Vladimir Putin, sexism and being a grandmother.

Getting some buzz today: Ted Cruz has officially renounced his Canadian citizenship.

ALASKA: "Begich dismisses GOP Senate candidate Sullivan's proposal to curb ad spending," via the Anchorage Daily News.

ARIZONA: Remember the candidate who changed his name to Cesar Chavez in his bid to win a heavily Latino congressional district? The grandson of the Mexican-American labor leader is suing him.

KANSAS: Tea Party candidate Milton Wolf certainly took note of Eric Cantor's loss last night. "Eric Cantor isn't the only incumbent from Virginia who is going to lose his primary this year,” Wolf said in a statement to reporters. “On August 5th, it’s Pat Roberts' turn.”

MISSISSIPPI: Meanwhile, Thad Cochran is (finally) going on the offensive, calling Chris McDaniel “dangerous” and “extreme” and even weighing in more on those bizarre scandals surrounding his wife’s nursing home and McDaniel supporters found in a courthouse late at night.

PROGRAMMING NOTES.

*** Wednesday’s “The Daily Rundown” line-up: NBC’s Chuck Todd interviews David Brat, Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, Fmr. Gov. George Allen, Rep. Mike Michaud, Richmond Time Dispatch’s Jeff Shapiro, Roll Call’s Shira Center

*** Wednesday’s “Jansing & Co.” line-up: Chris Jansing interviews Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), Washington Post Opinion Writer and MSNBC Contributor Jonathan Capehart, Buzzfeed’s Senior Political Writer McKay Coppins, Reuters investigative reporter David Rohde, MSNBC Contributor & Columnist at theGrio.com Goldie Taylor, The New York Times Domestic Correspondent Josh Barro, Chicago Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet, U.S. News & World Report Senior Politics Writer David Catanese, NBC’s Kasie Hunt, and Border Action Network Executive Director Juanita Molina.

*** Wednesday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall interviews The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky, GOP strategist Rich Galen and the Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary loss; Politico’s Roger Simon on Defense Secretary Hagel’s testimony today on the Bergdahl prisoner swap; and Nigerian born international policy strategist Ozioma Egwuonwu on Boko Haram kidnapping 20 more Nigerian girls

*** Wednesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviews DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. Chris Smith, Rep. Luis Guttierrez, Fmr. RNC Chairman Michael Steele, the New York Times’ Jackie Calmes and NBC’s Chuck Todd, Cynthia McFadden and Luke Russert.

*** Wednesday’s “The Reid Report” line-up: MSNBC’s Joy Reid interviews NBC News Senior Political reporter Perry Bacon, Political Science professor Jason Johnson, journalist & documentary producer Sebastian Junger and The Nation’s Dave Zirin.