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Cantor To Step Down As House Majority Leader

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 11:  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) arrives for a news conference after telling the Republican caucus that he will resign his post at the U.S. Capitol June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Cantor announced that he will resign his leadership position in the House of Representatives on July 31 after losing a primary race to Tea Party-backed college professor David Brat.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 11: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) arrives for a news conference after telling the Republican caucus that he will resign his post at the U.S. Capitol June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Cantor announced that he will resign his leadership position in the House of Representatives on July 31 after losing a primary race to Tea Party-backed college professor David Brat. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republican Leader Eric Cantor says he is resigning his leadership post at the end of next month.

The majority leader is stepping down in the aftermath of his defeat in a primary election to a tea-party backed rival in Virginia.

That clears the way for a Republican shake-up just before the midterm elections this fall, when control of Congress is at stake.

Cantor says he’ll serve out the remainder of his term in Congress. And he hopes to continue to be a champion for conservative causes across the nation after he leaves office.

Cantor says he will support Kevin McCarthy of California to replace him as majority leader.

On Tuesday, the Virginia Republican lost a primary election to David Brat.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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