Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has decided to resign his leadership position after losing his primary election last night. Cantor was upset in the Virginia congressional Republican primary by relative unknown economics professor and Tea Party favorite David Brat.
In a sign of the turbulent political winds blowing today, Cantor is the only majority leader in congressional history to lose a primary election.
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Statements from Republican House leadership
Capitol Hill had an odd, almost somber vibe Tuesday night and Wednesday after the news of Cantor’s defeat. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, released a statement calling Cantor “a good friend and a great leader.”
Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy also expressed his sentiments. “Few have fought harder or have accomplished more in the pursuit of solutions-based polices to better the lives of Americans than Eric Cantor. Every single member of this conference is indebted to Eric’s graciousness and leadership.”