Eric Cantor Stepping Down As House Majority Leader


Source: Jeff Zeleny and John Parkinson / ABC News

After unexpectedly losing his Republican congressional primary, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will step down as majority leader, he announced at a Capitol Hill news conference this afternoon.

“It is with great humility that I do so,” Cantor said, noting that he would serve in his leadership post until July 31. “There’s a balance between holding a leadership position and serving constituents at home.”

An election to replace Cantor as majority leader will take place June 19, several sources told ABC News, giving Republicans one week to jockey for position. Cantor threw his support behind GOP Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., should he choose to pursue the majority leader position.

Cantor also indicated he has no plans to mount a write-in campaign in his district, but he will serve out his congressional term.

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