Race to replace Eric Cantor now a two-man contest


Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

The race to be the next House majority leader began to crystallize Thursday as one leading conservative announced that he will not seek the position, while another top contender was asserting that he had all the votes he needed to win.

But allies of Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) were claiming momentum Thursday morning in the race to succeed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), hoping to swiftly seal the deal. That confidence came as Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.), chairman of the House Rules Committee, vowed again Thursday morning to mount a serious campaign for the job.

Sessions did so after Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.), chairman of the House Finance Services Committee, said Thursday morning that he wouldn’t run for leader — a blow to the most conservative Republicans who saw him as their best chance to elevate a like-minded colleague into leadership.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.

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