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Eric Cantor Emerges From Defeat to Back Jeb Bush in Virginia

Cantor, the former House Majority Leader, said he will help the Bush campaign in Virginia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Eric Cantor, the former House Majority Leader who primary election loss was one of the biggest political shockers of 2014, has re-emerged from the private sector to lend his support to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's campaign in his home state.  

On Thursday, Politico first reported that Cantor was to endorse Bush on Thursday evening and would help chair his campaign in Virginia — joining former Lt. Gov. John Hager and former Secretary of Health Kay Coles James as co-chairman and chairwoman, a Bush spokeswoman told CQ Roll Call.  

"Governor Bush is a true conservative leader with a long-term vision for this country and the practical know how to implement it," Cantor said in a statement. "After eight years of anemic growth and declining international relevance, America needs a President that can re-energize our nation and recapture our greatness — Jeb Bush is that man."  

Cantor's loss in a primary to Dave Brat, who ultimately replaced him in Congress, was a major victory last year for conservatives disgruntled with the so-called Republican establishment, leading some observers on Thursday to question what impact the endorsement might have.