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Cantor leaving US House leadership after shock defeat

Published on Jun 12, 2014 6:06 AM
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor talks to the media about his defeat last night, during a news conference at the US Capitol, in Washington, DC on June 11, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Mr Eric Cantor, the Republican star unexpectedly bounced from the US Congress by a political novice, said on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, he will step down as House majority leader.

"While I intend to serve out my term as a member of Congress from the 7th District of Virginia, effective July 31st I will be stepping down as majority leader," Mr Cantor told reporters a day after his shock primary loss to economics professor Dave Brat.

The move sets off a scramble for the number two post in the House Republican leadership, just as lawmakers crank up their campaigns ahead of November's mid-term congressional elections.

Shortly before addressing reporters, Mr Cantor broke his news to the Republican caucus in a closed-door conference in the US Capitol basement, where lawmakers said House Speaker John Boehner wept as he praised his outgoing deputy.

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