NEW INFORMATION: Sources say Cantor plans to resign from leadership

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Officials say House Majority Leader Eric Cantor intends to resign his leadership post this summer after losing a primary election Tuesday night in a major upset.

The officials say Cantor is expected to make a formal announcement of his plans later in the day at a closed-door meeting of the party's rank and file.

The decision would clear the way for a leadership shake-up just months before midterm elections with control of the House at stake.

Cantor's office declined to comment. The officials who described his plans did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to pre-empt an official announcement.
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WASHINGTON (AP) --Now that he's pulled off a huge upset, defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary yesterday in Virginia, David Brat is looking ahead to November -- but for now, he's not spelling out any specifics on policies.

He told MSNBC today that as a Ph.D. in economics, "you analyze every situation uniquely." He said he prefers to keep the focus on what he calls the "celebratory issues" of yesterday's results.

Brat, a college professor and political newcomer, is an unflinching foe of easing immigration laws. His win was by far the biggest of the 2014 campaign season for tea party forces.

One moderate House Republican says he's worried that the defeat of Cantor may bring more congressional gridlock. Peter King of New York says he's concerned that supporters of Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul will "use this as an excuse" to shut down the government.

But Brat's allies are rejoicing. Brent Bozell, chairman of ForAmerica, says, "The grassroots is in revolt and marching."
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican tea party forces are rejoicing and the party establishment is somber or altogether silent in the wake of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary defeat at the hands of political neophyte David Brat.

House Speaker John Boehner praised Cantor as "a good friend and a great leader" in a statement that steered clear of the issue that Brat put at the center of his campaign -- immigration -- and has divided the party for years.

The Republican Party chairman and another top official kept their silence Tuesday night after Cantor's shocking loss at the hands of an underfunded challenger who warned the seven-term incumbent would line up for amnesty for immigrants in the country illegally.

Cantor himself conceded defeat, telling downcast supporters, quote, "Obviously we came up short."


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