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GOP looks for Cantor's replacement in House

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor urged conservatives to stay united. (Source: CNN) House Majority Leader Eric Cantor urged conservatives to stay united. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - House Republicans are looking for new leadership after Tuesday's primary upset in Virginia.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor urged conservatives to stay united amid clear divisions between tea party and so-called establishment Republicans.

"Truly, what divides Republicans pales in comparison to what divides us as conservatives from the left and their Democratic party," Cantor said.

After a political newcomer beat Cantor in the republican primary, Cantor decided not to wait until the end of his term before resigning his majority leader post.

"I think he felt it was better for the party for him to finish up the business that's on the table right now, and then, as we go into Labor Day and the campaign, to have a new majority leader," Rep. Peter King, R – New York, said.

Cantor will resign effective July 31.

Next Thursday, House Republicans will hold an election by secret ballot to determine his replacement.

Congressman Pete Sessions hopes to take his place.

Current House Whip Kevin McCarthy is also expected to run. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers will not, choosing instead to stay in her role as chair of the Republican caucus.

While some see Tuesday's primary as a signs of a rift in the Republican party, Sen. Ted Cruz calls it a referendum on Washington, D.C.

"People are frustrated with elected officials - both Republicans and Democrats - who are not listening to the people," Cruz said.

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