WASHINGTON — Republicans, including the vanquished majority leader himself, on Sunday considered Representative Eric Cantor’s primary loss last week to a little-known Tea Party challenger and what it means for the GOP heading forward.
The monumental rejection of House Republicans’ No. 2 lawmaker left many in Washington stunned and searching for a way to prevent another upset.
After his defeat, Cantor, Republican of Virginia, announced he would soon step down from his GOP leadership post but serve the remainder of his term.
‘‘I don’t think there’s any one particular reason why the outcome was what it was,’’ Cantor said, adding, ‘‘I don’t think anybody in the country thought that the outcome would be what it was.’’
He appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union’’ and ABC’s “This Week.’’
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