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Sahil Kapur

Sahil Kapur is TPM's senior congressional reporter and Supreme Court correspondent. His articles have been published in the Huffington Post, The Guardian and The New Republic. Email him at sahil@talkingpointsmemo.com and follow him on Twitter at @sahilkapur.

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Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) won't run for a position in Republican leadership amid the shake-up over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's impending departure.

He said he wants to be the next Budget Committee chairman, which he's in line for if Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) relinquishes the role as he's expected to.

"The encouragement I’ve received from colleagues over these past couple of days has been humbling. My position has always been that I’m ready to serve in whatever capacity might best help unify our team, promote our conservative principles and, above all, pursue positive solutions on behalf of our constituents. To that end, at this time, my focus is on the opportunity to serve as the next chairman of the House Budget Committee," Price said in a statement Thursday.

Politicos were shocked Tuesday night when Eric Cantor became the first House majority leader in U.S. history to lose in a primary. The Virginia Republican fell to underdog college professor David Brat by 12 points in an astounding upset despite spending more than $5 million compared to Brat's less than $200,000. Within 24 hours Cantor revealed he will resign as majority leader on July 31.

The big question that lawmakers and political analysts are puzzling over is: how did Virginia's most powerful politician sabotage his position so badly? While no single factor sticks out, a variety of dynamics -- both national and local -- appear to have damaged the majority leader.

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Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) weighed in Tuesday night after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-VA) shocking defeat in the GOP primary to David Brat.

"Eric Cantor and I have been through a lot together," Boehner said. "He’s a good friend and a great leader, and someone I’ve come to rely upon on a daily basis as we make the tough choices that come with governing. My thoughts are with him and Diana and their kids tonight."

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