Cantor to resign

6/11/2014

By Lisa Mascaro and Richard Simon

By Lisa Mascaro and Richard Simon

Tribune Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON (MCT) — A battle royale emerged Wednesday among House Republicans jockeying to move up the leadership ladder after Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning primary defeat to a tea party newcomer.

Cantor, a seven-term Republican from Virginia, is expected to resign his post as the No. 2 party leader July 31, according to those familiar with his thinking, setting up a fresh fight between the House GOP's establishment and tea party wings for his spot.

After Cantor's shocking political tumble to a little-known challenger, Dave Brat, it would be all but impossible for him to wield any political clout among rank-and-file lawmakers, leaving him little choice but to step aside. A hastily called closed-door meeting of the GOP majority was set for late Wednesday afternoon.

As House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, tries to corral his rebellious majority, an intense scramble to fill Cantor's position was already underway Wednesday.

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