I Will Not Be on the Ballot in November Cantor Rules Out Write-In as He Announces He Will Leave House Leadership Role
After suffering a shocking primary defeat in his home district in Virginia, Congressman Eric Cantor has ruled out running a write-in campaign to retain his seat in Virginias 7th Congressional District.
At a late afternoon (Wednesday) news conference, Cantor also said he will step down from the #2 position in the GOP-controlled House the Majority Leader role at the end of July. There could be an election before then for a replacement.
Cantor threw his support behind GOP Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., should he choose to pursue the Majority Leader position.
In Tuesdays primary, political newcomer Dave Brat, an economics professor at a small Virginia college, rode an amazing wave of opposition to victory, with a decisive 11-point win over Cantor in the district that includes Richmond.
Many observers have characterized Cantors defeat as the biggest political upset in years.