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George Will: Rep. Cantor's money advantage ‘hurt him’ in campaign

George Will said Wednesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s great advantage in the Virginia Republican primary was money – and it cost him the race to challenger David Brat.

Will, a syndicated columnist, said Cantor's ads seem to have backfired by giving more attention to his little-known opponent. 

“He spent an awful lot of money advertising Mr. Brat’s name, so a lot of people said, ‘Oh, we actually have a choice here,’” Will said. "Secondly, he ran some extremely foolish ads saying, ‘He’s a college professor, ergo he’s a liberal.’ Mr. Brat is not a liberal.”

Will also suggested Cantor’s success in Washington hurt him at the polls, saying he may have neglected his constituents while tending to matters on the Hill. 

“He is a member of the Washington leadership, and that’s just not a good thing to be these days,” he said.“Traveling constantly and raising funds and doing all the duties…he necessarily neglected some of the housekeeping duties in his district.”