Cantor To Quit House Majority Leader Post

Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy is the odds-on favorite to replace Cantor as Majority Leader.

Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy is the odds-on favorite to replace Cantor as Majority Leader.

Defeated congressman Eric Cantor will step down from his post as House Majority Leader at the end of July, according to sources.

The move comes after Cantor lost in a historic upset to Tea Party challenger David Brat.

The news comes from “a senior House staffer who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to pre-empt Cantor’s announcement” reports USA Today.

Most likely to replace Cantor as House Majority Leader is Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., the third-ranking Republican in the House.

McCarthy, who is expected to make a play for the position, spoke warmly of Cantor on Wednesday.

“Few have fought harder or have accomplished more in the pursuit of solutions-based policies to better the lives of Americans than Eric Cantor,” McCarthy said. “Every single member of this conference is indebted to Eric’s graciousness and leadership.”

Others considered to be vying for the position include Rules Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, and Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas.

UPDATE: Eric Cantor says he will serve out his term after stepping down from Majority Leader in July, and has endorsed Kevin McCarthy to replace him.

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