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Cantor holds onto seat, poised to be House Majority Leader

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HENRICO COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - Republican Eric Cantor held onto his seat in the seventh Congressional district after Tuesday's election.

With 59% of the vote, he defeated Democratic challenger Rick Waugh, who took about 34% of the vote.

A victory party began just after the polls closed, which, is also when the race was called in Cantor's favor. A few hundred Republicans gathered in Short Pump, and by 8pm the Congressman took the stage with his family.

No mention of his two opponents by name. Instated, the Congressman opted to make a prediction now that the Republicans are taking control of the House.

Cantor said that when the Republicans got "fired" by voters in 2006 and 2008 they learned something. Among those lessons: not to spend taxpayer money that they don't have.

Cantor is now poised to become the next House Majority Leader, making him the second most powerful person in the House of Representatives.

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