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Eric Cantor Will Step Down As House Majority Leader

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Eric Cantor Rep. Eric Cantor will step down as majority leader, according to several Republicans sources, ending a meteoric 13-year Congressional career.

Several GOP sources say his resignation from that job will be effective July 31.

The Virginia Republican, who came to Washington in 2001, lost his primary election Tuesday night to Dave Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va.

The announcement comes as House Republicans are grappling with the defeat of their No. 2 leader, who many assumed was the next speaker of the House. Just hours after Cantor lost his primary, his GOP colleagues began rallying support for leadership races.

Cantor’s announcement puts an end to a meteoric rise through House leadership. He began as chief deputy whip under then-Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), and moved up to minority whip and then, in 2011, was elected majority leader when Republicans took the House.

Cantor has taken on several roles in the House Republican Conference. He was once now-Speaker John Boehner’s conservative foil, but moved to the center over time.

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