Only One Candidate Left for Cantor's Job
Sessions drops out, race to replace Kevin McCarthy heats up
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2014 1:00 AM CDT
Updated Jun 13, 2014 5:07 AM CDT
House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks to reporters at Republican National Committee headquarters.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Unless a surprise challenger emerges at the last minute, the race to replace Eric Cantor as the House's second-ranking Republican is already over. House Rules Committee chief Pete Sessions says he has dropped his bid to become majority leader "after thoughtful consideration and discussion" with colleagues, leaving Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy as the only lawmaker known to be seeking the position, reports Reuters. Cantor—the first majority leader ever to lose a primary—is stepping down at the end of July following his shock defeat at the hands of little-known Tea Party challenger David Brat.

"It became obvious to me that the measures necessary to run a successful campaign would have created unnecessary and painful division within our party," Sessions said. The leadership election will be held by secret ballot next week but the more competitive race is now the one to succeed McCarthy as whip, the Hill finds. McCarthy's chief deputy, Rep. Peter Roskam, is in the running, along with Rep. Steve Scalise, chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, and Rep. Marlin Stutzman, a hardline conservative who was punished last year for defying House leaders, the Indianapolis Star notes.

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Jun 14, 2014 8:36 PM CDT
Isn't Michelle Bachman available?
Jun 13, 2014 10:01 AM CDT
In the event of a tie they must resort to a stupid-off. A three minute speech in which they must fit in every falsehood and talking point possible. Sarah palin will determine based on the speech which candidate seems wiser and that person will move up in the stupid party.
Jun 13, 2014 9:08 AM CDT
The Establishment GOP is going Down in Flames. It IS FINISHED ! BOEHNER is OUT ! Cantor is gone with more to follow. The T.E.A. Party is NOT dead ! We are coming to take back the GOP. We Want our Country FREE and not SOCIALIST (Communist) We believe in the CONSTITUTION being the SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND. It is Not a Living Document either. We also believe that Obama is not lawfully qualified to occupy the Office of POTUS. ~Rick Magee, "MOLON LABE"