Republicans in hunt for leader

 
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THE US Republican Party is hunting for a new leader in the House of Representatives after Eric Cantor’s resignation from the role.

Cantor suffered a shock defeat in a primary vote in the state of Virginia this week, losing to the candidate for the anti-tax Tea Party.

His departure, expected at the end of July, could prove a distraction for the Republicans as they battle to pass an immigration reform bill ahead of mid-term elections in November.