By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/15/14, 5:12 PM PDT | Updated: 45 secs ago

After a stinging defeat for conservative gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly in the June 3 primary, the defeat of Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Virginia primary election has provided Inland Empire tea party conservatives some level of encouragement.

Cantor lost against tea party candidate Dave Bart in a major upset for the GOP establishment.

But after Donnelly’s loss earlier this month, when moderate Republican Neel Kashkari beat him statewide for the chance to take on Gov. Jerry Brown in November, Inland Empire tea party backers suffered a blow.

They were buoyed this past week from the news on the national scene.

“Locally I think people are clearly excited about it,” said John Berry, state coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots and a cabinet member of the Redlands chapter. “I suspect it will translate into more volunteers — more people actually being emboldened to get off the couch and actually do something.”

Lloyd Rekstand, a Yucaipa Tea Party organizer, said the win could help motivate people to get involved in conservative activism and politics.

“I think hopefully it should encourage people like Tim Donnelly that there is a place in politics for tea party values, and for people who stand up for tea party values,” Rekstand said.

Kelly Good of the Chino Hills Tea Party noted a key difference between the Cantor race in Virginia and Donnelly’s race in California.

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