WASHINGTON (AP) — Repudiated at the polls, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said he will resign his leadership post at the end of next month, officials said Wednesday, clearing the way for a potentially disruptive Republican shake-up just before midterm elections with control of Congress at stake.
Cantor’s announcement came less than 24 hours after the Virginia Republican lost a primary election to David Brat, a little-known and underfunded rival backed by tea party groups.
Before the announcement, jockeying already had broken out among fellow Republicans eager to move up the House leadership ladder — or establish a foothold on it.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the party whip and third-ranking leader, informed fellow Republicans he intended to run to succeed Cantor, and Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas also made clear his interest.
Cantor spoke highly of McCarthy at a press conference Wednesday.
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