Rep. Eric Cantor declared that he is going to resign the seat in the House Of Representatives on August 18. The news comes 2 months after the stunning primary election results and hours after stepping down from his role as House Majority Leader.
In an interview held with Richmond Times-Dispatch, he said:
“I want to make sure that the constituents in the 7th District will have a voice in what will be a very consequential lame-duck session.”
Cantor asked Governor Terry McAuliffe to hold a special election for the district, one that will coincide with the November 4 general election. Through the special election, the winner is to take the office immediately, instead of doing so in January. Cantor added:
“That way he will also have seniority, and that will help the interests of my constituents because he can be there in that consequential lame-duck session.”
Eric Cantor did not face challenge since his election in 200 and Dave Brat’s victory was unexpected. The victory that Brat enjoyed was partly caused by dissatisfaction with Eric Cantor among the party activists as voters were feeling that they could not access the congressman.