2014-06-12T183727Z_1_LYNXMPEA5B0UZ_RTROPTP_2_ISRAEL

Republican race for No. 2 House post narrows to two conservatives

U.S. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks during a meeting with Israel's President Shimon Peres in JerusalemBy Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican Party race to fill a U.S. House of Representatives leadership position is shaping up as a contest between two established conservatives after a surprise primary election defeat to the populist Tea Party movement. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy from California, who is in charge of lining up support for legislation, has not formally announced his intentions but has been asking other lawmakers for support to become majority leader to succeed Eric Cantor, who is stepping down after being rejected by voters in his district. Representative Pete Sessions of Texas, who chairs the House Rules Committee, has also said he would run in the party’s election for majority leader set for June 19.

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