Twenty-four hours ago, the interesting leadership race among House Republicans was scheduled for next January and was expected to feature questions about House Speaker John Boehner's future. The primary loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has changed that schedule dramatically. Cantor will announce Wednesday that he is resigning his leadership position effective July 31, a decision that will force a behind-the-scenes race very much into the public eye.
The fight to replace Cantor as majority leader isn't the only leadership race going on either. Assuming Rep. Kevin McCarthy runs for majority leader there will be an election for majority whip, as well.
California Rep. Kevin McCarthy (right) will almost certainly run for Majority Leader. McCarthy succeeded Cantor as Majority Whip when the latter moved up to Majority Leader. Texas Reps. Jeb Hensarling and Pete Sessions are also expected to take a run at Cantor's job.