08/01/2014 09:52 pm ET

Why Eric Cantor really resigned

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In his decision to quit Congress altogether, Eric Cantor gave only one reason: so his successor could get a head start and “have a voice in what will be a very consequential lame-duck session.”

But several GOP lawmakers and aides suggested to POLITICO that there was more to this move.

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