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Top Republican Eric Cantor to resign from US Congress

Published on Aug 1, 2014 8:05 PM
US House Majority Leader Eric Cantor leaves after a news conference at the US Capitol in Washington on June 11, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Just hours after stepping down as US House majority leader, Republican Representative Eric Cantor announced he would resign from his congressional seat later this month.

Establishment heavyweight Mr Cantor lost his seat to an even more conservative but virtually unknown Tea Party-backed challenger in a June election amid deep divisions within the Republican Party ahead of November's congressional vote.

But he had been expected to keep his seat until his term ends in January.

"I want to make sure that the constituents in the Seventh District will have a voice in what will be a very consequential lame-duck session," Mr Cantor told the Richmond Times-Dispatch late Thursday.

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