Republican Leaders Jockey for Position in House as Tea Party Celebrates

By: AP
By: AP
Less than 24 hours after Majority Leader Eric Cantor

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June 11, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - Less than 24 hours after Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning primary defeat, House Republicans are jockeying for leadership positions.

Officials say Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California is telling fellow Republicans he plans to run to succeed Cantor, and Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas is also signaling he's interested. Meanwhile, officials say Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana is hoping to replace McCarthy in his current post of majority whip.

Cantor has given no public indication that he intends to step down, but there is quiet pressure on him to resign his post as the Republicans' second-ranking leader.

A meeting of the GOP rank and file is scheduled for this afternoon.

Cantor had been seen as a likely eventual successor to House Speaker John Boehner. But he was beaten in the Virginia primary yesterday by David Brat, an economics professor and political newcomer supported by the tea party.

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