Cantor to Resign in August 08/01 06:15
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor tells a Virginia newspaper he
will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than
The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1puQVLX ) reported early Friday
that Cantor says he will step down Aug. 18 to make sure constituents have a
voice during the "consequential" lame-duck session.
Cantor tells the newspaper he has asked Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a
special election for his district that coincides with the Nov. 4 general
election. That would enable his successor to take office immediately.
Cantor's announcement comes hours after he stepped down as House majority
leader Thursday. Cantor had previously said he would serve his full term, which
would have ended in January.
Cantor lost to Dave Brat, an underfunded, tea party-backed opponent, in his
Republican primary in June.