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Cantor to resign from House seat in August

FILE - House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., pauses during a news conference on the payroll tax cut on Capitol Hill on in this Dec. 22, 2011 file photo taken in Washington. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported early Friday Aug. 1, 2014 that Cantor says he will step down Aug. 18 to make sure constituents have a voice during the "consequential" lame-duck session.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

FILE - House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., pauses during a news conference on the payroll tax cut on Capitol Hill on in this Dec. 22, 2011 file photo taken in Washington. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported early Friday Aug. 1, 2014 that Cantor says he will step down Aug. 18 to make sure constituents have a voice during the "consequential" lame-duck session. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

After a stunning primary election loss, former majority leader Eric Cantor said yesterday he will resign his seat in the House months earlier than expected.

The congressman will step down Aug. 18 and has asked Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a special election to enable his successor to take office immediately, Cantor said in a statement, a day after stepping down from his leadership post.

“It has been the highest honor of my professional life to serve the people of Virginia’s 7th District in Congress,” Cantor said. “That is why it is with tremendous gratitude and a heavy heart that I have decided to resign from Congress.”

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