"The voter demographics are certainly favorable. But I also very much respect the fact that we have to run a real race," he said — an understandable stance on a night when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor shockingly lost to tea party-backed candidate Dave Brat.
"There were some very good candidates," Mr. Beyer said in a telephone interview Tuesday night. "I thought that the clear message from the beginning about the proven leadership was effective. I'm pleased, and now we'll set our sights on trying to duplicate this in November."