Eric Cantor Plans To Step Down From House Leadership Following Primary Defeat


UPDATED: Wednesday June 11, 2014 5:37 PM

Officials say House Majority Leader Eric Cantor intends to resign his leadership post this summer after losing a primary election Tuesday night in a major upset.
    
The officials say Cantor is expected to make a formal announcement of his plans later in the day at a closed-door meeting of the party's rank and file.
    
The decision would clear the way for a leadership shake-up just months before midterm elections with control of the House at stake.
    
Cantor's office declined to comment.
    
Other House Republicans are already jockeying for position. Kevin McCarthy of California, who serves as the party whip, has been telling fellow Republicans that he will try to succeed Cantor. Pete Sessions of Texas also signaled an interest.

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