Challenger to Va. House speaker looking for Brat-like upset

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Susan Stimpson is hoping the anti-incumbent mood that helped a little known economics professor unseat the second most powerful member of the U.S. House last year is still strong among Virginia’s Republican voters.

The tea party favorite Stimpson is trying to upset long-time Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell in the June 9 GOP primary, a victory that would be of similar magnitude on a state level to Dave Brat’s stunning defeat of then-U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last year.

But Howell said he’s determined not to make some of the mistakes Cantor made. Howell’s campaign has emphasized his longstanding ties to his community.

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