Rep. Hensarling not running for majority leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressman Jeb Hensarling says he has decided against running to replace Eric Cantor as House majority leader.

Hensarling announced his decision on Thursday. That leaves two candidates vying for the job of No. 2 House Republican leader: Pete Sessions of Texas and Kevin McCarthy of California.

The leadership job opened Wednesday when Cantor said he'll step down as majority leader on July 31. Cantor was defeated Tuesday in the Virginia GOP primary by a little-known economics professor who was heavily backed by conservative voters.

House leadership elections will be held next Thursday.

Hensarling says he made his decision after prayerful reflection. He is a Texas Republican who chairs the House Financial Services Committee.

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