McLaughlin & Associates, a polling company Eric Cantor paid over $75,000 to conduct survey's about the congressman's reelection campaign, predicted the congressman would win his primary election by 34 percentage points. Cantor later went on to lose his primary by nearly ten percentage points, meaning the firm's estimate was off by 44 percentage points.
Congress was set to approve a $60 billion relief fund bill for the New York and New Jersey victims of Hurricane Sandy on January 1st, 2013. Both House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor had publicly agreed that quick action must be taken for relief for this natural disaster. But, when it came time to pass the pill, Boehner pulled the legislation last minute. It is reported he did so to pay back Republicans, namely Eric Cantor, for voting against him in the Fiscal Cliff deal just days before. Gov. Chris Christie and Peter King, among many others, were completely outraged when this happened. And, after two full days of heated debate and backlash against his actions, Boehner re-entered the deal and put it back into motion.
Cantor donated $25,000 to an anti-incumbent super PAC. The super PAC influenced a primary between two GOP Representatives who had their district combined. Cantor is also feeling the heat from his party because the super PAC is running campaigns against other GOP party members and allies.
Brad Dayspring, a top Cantor aide, resigned from his position along side Cantor after a heated argument with Mike Ference, another top Cantor aide, over the unveiling of Cantor's new JOBS Bill. Witnesses say that Dayspring and Ference nearly came to blows after bipartisan support and support from business leaders began to fall apart.
Eric Cantor and John Boehner have been feuding behind the scenes for the past year. Senior staffers to Boehner and Cantor have met several times during the past month in an attempt to iron out their differences — which range from style to strategy to substance. They have recently decided, for the good of the Republican Party to set aside or at least tone down their rivalry.