It’s been almost two years since Virginia activists delivered, perhaps, the greatest upset in political history when a little known Tea Party challenger by the name of Dave Brat defeated Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

As the two year anniversary date approaches, Virginia activists are seeking to deliver another political earthquake, this time by dethroning the powerful House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Robert “Bob” Goodlatte in the 6th Congressional District.

They believe the best candidate to accomplish this is Harry Griego, a U.S. military veteran of 23 years, including serving in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard.

But this isn’t Griego’s first experience running for office. Last spring, he fell just 133 votes short of defeating a deeply entrenched incumbent in a Virginia House of Delegates Republican primary, despite being outspent 15 to 1.

Griego’s campaign claims in fact Conservative voters in Goodlatte’s home territory of Roanoke County are the ones who encouraged him to run again:

“Over and over again voters told me they were unhappy with the lack of leadership and the failure of Republican officials to vote for and fight for the Republican principles they campaign on.

They want an end to the expansion of the budget and the crippling national debt. They want the border secured, not another promise broken,” Griego said in a recent press release.

However, Griego will not have an easy path to victory. Goodlatte’s team will have studied what caused the loss for Cantor, and be on the offense.

In addition, Goodlatte has held his congressional seat since 1993, and he easily defeated his last primary challenger with over 66% of the vote in 2012.

But lately, Goodlatte has run afoul among local Conservative and Tea Party activists. Their list of grievances include: supporting a version of the pro-amnesty “DREAM Act”, funding Obamacare through several omnibus bills, and voting to add trillions to the national debt.

Goodlatte’s pro-amnesty dealings have drawn criticism from the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), who recently endorsed Griego.

“ALIPAC has targeted Goodlatte because of his statements in support of amnesty to grant a ‘pathway to citizenship’ for those here illegally,” explained ALIPAC Founder William Gheen.

“As Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, one of Goodlatte’s responsibilities is to uphold and enforce immigration law,” concluded Gheen.

In an effort to shore up Conservative votes in time for the Republican primary, Goodlatte used his chairmanship on the powerful House Judiciary Committee to pass Rep. Raul Labrador’s refugee reform bill through the committee.

Still, Virginia activists seem to be replicating a similar blueprint that led to Cantor’s defeat in the neighboring 7th Congressional district in the spring of 2014.

Prior to Dave Brat’s stunning upset over Cantor, the battle for local party leadership and regional infrastructure was beginning to take shape.

Republican Party leadership in each Congressional district was up for re-election at mass meetings (conventions), along with each county.

These lesser known party positions control a significant amount of power and influence with voters and politicians.

In 2014, Cantor and his allies sought to keep their seats and protect the pro-Cantor allies that had created a firewall designed to protect the incumbent, while grassroots conservatives and Tea Party alliances sought to throw out Cantor’s gate keepers.

But as Brietbart News reported, Cantor’s opponents were successful:

“Conservatives mobilized against Linwood Cobb – the powerful, incumbent 7th district GOP Chair who was working with Cantor’s top establishment consultants and political action committees to take power away from grassroots delegates – to elect Fred Gruber to the chairmanship.

The victory was surprising because Cantor’s district, in the state capital of Richmond, is home to much of the GOP establishment machinery that wards off such insurgencies.”

Later that June, grassroots Conservatives and Tea Party allies were successful in achieving their crown jewel and handed Cantor a defeat in the June Republican primary – despite Cantor having spent more of his campaign funds on steak dinners than his challenger’s entire campaign budget.

Fast forward to today, and Congressman Goodlatte is also facing the collapse of his infrastructure.

A local Goodlatte supporter broke the news on a popular conservative blog in Virginia when Goodlatte’s candidate for Chairman in his 6th Congressional District unexpectedly dropped out, citing no path to victory.

Bearingdrift.com reports:

“Former Senator Ralph Smith unexpectedly quit Tuesday night as a candidate for chairman of the 6th Congressional District, leaving the pro-Goodlatte forces defenseless against the anti-Goodlatte fever sweeping the 6th District.

This is an utter failure of the Smith-Goodlatte team to put forth a viable candidate to win the district election.”

While there are several parallels between the Cantor/Brat and Goodlatte/Griego races, some are wondering if the absence of the element of surprise is the only thing missing from this David vs. Goliath match up.

Regardless, Griego isn’t the only insurgent with a chance to take down an establishment Republican in a primary this year.

As American Patriot Daily recently reported, Speaker Paul Ryan has earned himself a primary challenge from businessman Paul Nehlen after Ryan supported the disastrous $2 trillion omnibus bill in December that funded 100% of the items on Obama’s wish list, including illegal executive amnesty, sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants, the dangerous Syrian refugee program and Planned Parenthood, among others.