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Eric Cantor to surrender House Republican leadership position

Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va. (Credit: CNN)

Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va. (Credit: CNN)

WASHINGTON — Rep. Eric Cantor is expected to relinquish his leadership position as the No. 2 House Republican after losing his Virginia primary in a stunning upset, a senior GOP source tells CNN.

Cantor is expected to step aside as majority leader on July 31. The decision sets up a leadership scramble among Republicans in the House, which is led by Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.The heavily favored Cantor lost Tuesday to college professor and political novice Dave Brat, who triumphed in the Richmond-area district with tea party support.