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Republican Cantor to leave leading House post after election shock

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. House of Representatives Republican leader Eric Cantor told his fellow Republicans that he will resign from his leadership job on July 31, just before the long summer break. Cantor, who has served as House majority leader since 2011, unexpectedly lost a Virginia primary election on Tuesday (June 10) to college economics professor David Brat, a Tea Party activist. His announcement to leave his leadership role came after an emergency closed-door meeting in Washington scheduled by House Republicans to discuss a way forward. In making his announcement, Cantor suggested that he intends to remain active in the Republican party. "While I will not be on the ballot in November, I will be a champion for conservatives across the nation who are dedicated to preserving liberty and providing opportunity," Cantor told reporters during a news conference after the closed door meeting. "Truly what divides Republicans pales

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