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Republicans look for answers in Cantor's loss
Republican leaders eye Cantor's shocking loss, look for reasons why top House leader fell
By PHILIP ELLIOTT
Associated Press
2014-06-16 03:42 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans are considering House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's loss last week to a little-known tea party challenger and what it means for the party heading forward. The vanquished Cantor is among them.

The monumental upset of House Republicans' No. 2 lawmaker left many in Washington still stunned on Sunday. In the wake of the loss, the Virginia Republican announced he would soon step down from his leadership post but serve the remainder of his term.

Cantor says no one saw his loss coming -- including himself.

Fellow Republicans said a litany of reasons fueled Cantor's loss.

Some attributed Cantor's willingness to talk about immigration proposals to his defeat. Others said he ran a lousy campaign. And still others said he wasn't in his district enough.

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