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Va. Rep. Cantor Resigning Months Earlier Than Expected

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WASHINGTON (AP/WBOC)– U.S. Representative Eric Cantor (R-VA) will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected. The announcement comes one day after he gave his farewell speech as House majority leader.

Cantor said he will step down Aug. 18 to make sure constituents have a voice during the "consequential" lame-duck session.

Cantor said he asked Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a special election for his district that coincides with the Nov. 4 general election. That would enable his successor to take office immediately.

Originally, Cantor said he would serve our the rest of his term, which would have ended in January.

In June, Cantor lost to Dave Brat, a tea party-backed opponent, in his Republican primary. Cantor immediately said he would step down at the end of the July.

On Thursday, during his 10 minute speech to the House as No. 2 House GOP leader, Cantor mentioned problems in the Middle East and tensions with Iran and Russia and said the U.S. must "make leadership abroad a priority."

"I shudder to think what the world looks like in five years for us and our allies if we don't steel our resolve and stand tall with those who stand with us," Cantor said.

After his speech, Cantor received a standing ovation from members of both parties and shared a hug with the No. 2 House Democrat, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland.

Cantor, 51, is a seven-term House veteran who before his defeat had been seen as a potential rival - and likely successor - to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. Though he had a conservative voting record, he was distrusted by some tea party supporters who suspected he might be too eager to reach compromise on immigration legislation.

Cantor will be replaced as majority leader by Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who has been a close ally.



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