WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials say House Majority Leader Eric Cantor intends to resign his leadership post this summer after losing a primary election Tuesday night in a major upset.
Cantor made a formal announcement of his plans at a closed-door meeting of the party's rank and file.
The decision would clear the way for a leadership shake-up just months before midterm elections with control of the House at stake.
Cantor's resignation is effective July 31.
Other House Republicans are already jockeying for position. Kevin McCarthy of California, who serves as the party whip, has been telling fellow Republicans that he will try to succeed Cantor. Pete Sessions of Texas also signaled an interest.