Thad Cochran Seems Unaware That Eric Cantor Lost His Seat

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      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

It was one of the biggest stories in politics this week, but Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran appears unaware that House majority leader lost his GOP primary in Virginia on Tuesday.

In a video posted online by Fox News, an interviewer asked the senator – locked in a competitive runoff — if he was concerned about what happened in Virginia. The incumbent senator replied, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. What happened in Virginia?”

Cochran – who has said multiple times that he doesn’t know much about the tea party – is being challenged on the right from state Sen. Chris McDaniel. The run off in June 24.

Here’s a transcript of the interview:

Interviewer: What happened in Virginia the other day, does that concern you for your chances here in this runoff?

Cochran: I don’t know what you’re talking about. What happened in Virginia?

Interviewer: With Eric Cantor losing his seat.

Cochran: Well, I haven’t really followed that campaign very closely at all.

Interviewer: Really?

Cochran: Really.

Interviewer: You have no comment that you want to make?

Cochran: …You asked me what happened. I don’t know. I didn’t follow that campaign very closely.

Interviewer: Well Eric Cantor lost his seat as the majority leader.

Cochran: Well it happens. You know, members of Congress, some win, some lose. It’s not an automatic proposition that you get re-elected just because you done a good job. Voters make their own decisions and I respect their judgment.

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