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Pundits believe TN Senate race may be next upset

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A shocking defeat in the Republican primary in Virginia may have huge implications on the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee.

Shockwaves were sent through the political world Tuesday night when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost in the Republican primary to tea party challenger Dave Brat, a little-known activist who many pundits thought had no chance of knocking the veteran lawmaker off the ballot.

Cantor conceded defeat and announced on Wednesday that he would step down from his leadership role effective July 31.

Many wonder what impact Cantor's defeat will have on other races, such as the U.S. Senate Republican primary here.

Veteran Sen. Lamar Alexander is being challenged by State Rep. Joe Carr in the August primary.

Many national pundits are pointing to this race as the next "major shakeup" because it has certain similarities to the Cantor race.

In fact, CNBC called him the "next Dave Brat."

Carr appeared on CNBC on Wednesday morning.

"I think Sen. Alexander has a similar problem, out of touch with his Republican base in Tennessee," said Carr on the program.

The race is on the spotlight nationally because pundits said Carr's campaign strategy is similar to Brat's with a huge focus on gun control and reducing spending.

CNBC also pointed out that Cantor's voting history is similar to Alexander's.

Carr believes that could be a turning point in his race.

Alexander's campaign issued a statement about the campaign.

"Sen. Alexander is doing what he's always done: staying connected with Tennessee and being the best senator he can possibly be."

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